Switzerland – Germany 1:3, EDIT: Surprise! The Swiss are already in the quarter-finals, they were not enough for Germany

The Germans took a decisive lead late in the second half, when forwards John Peterka and Nico Sturm scored within 36 seconds. Goalkeeper Mathias Niederberger played reliably, making 29 successful saves. Germany won their fifth consecutive game at the tournament.

Compared to the group’s last game, star NHL reinforcements led by Hischier and Niederreiter returned to the Swiss team, but Malgin did not start again.

Photo: Ints Kalnins, Reuters

German hockey player Frederik Tiffels (right) in a fight with Swiss Nico Hischier.

Marti got the first significant chance in the 3rd minute, but goalkeeper Niederberger was ready. The Germans kept pace with their opponents and took the lead in the 7th minute when Kastner’s shot unexpectedly passed between Mayer’s hand and the concrete.

Richard was able to equalize in a weakened state, but it was only managed in the 22nd minute by Siegenthaler, who hit the post exactly. Subsequently, the match was marked by a series of eliminations. At first, the Germans did not take advantage of the four-minute advantage due to Ambühl’s penalty, the Swiss did not punish the foul of Seider, who after the attack on Haas went prematurely in cabins with a higher penalty.

The stalemate changed in the 38th minute, when the tournament’s most productive German player, Peterka, came off. The Buffalo striker deceived Ambühl, aimed with precision and scored his fifth goal and tenth point at the World Cup. Szuber was immediately sent off, but instead of equalizing he hit Sturm in a weakened state after an overhand sample. The San Jose striker has scored for the sixth time in the World Cup.

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Germany’s Maximilian Kastner shoots the goal.

In the third period, he could have knocked down Moser, but he didn’t hit the puck perfectly. Already in the 57th minute, the Swiss decided to recall the goalkeeper and tried to reduce the number of players on the field with six players, but they could not score a goal. The dismissal of Jonas Müller 50 seconds from the end did not help them either. The Swiss lost in the quarter-finals for the fourth consecutive time.

Ice Hockey World Championship – Quarter-finals (Riga):
Switzerland – Germany 1:3 (0:1, 1:2, 0:0)
Goals and assists: 21. Siegenthaler (Fiala, Kukan) – 7. Kastner (Wissmann, J. Müller), 38. Peterka (Kahun, Gawanke), 39. Sturm (Stachowiak, J. Müller). Referees: Björk (Sweden), Ansons – Zunde (Lot.), Hautamäki (Fin.). Dismissal: 4:2, plus Seider (Germany) 5 min. and until the end of the match: Useless. Underweight: 0:1. Viewers: 2,896.
Switzerland: Mayer – Kukan, Siegenthaler, Glauser, Moser, Loeffel, Marti, Fora – Riat, Hischier, Fiala – Ambühl, Corvi, Niederreiter – Simion, Haas, Miranda – Bertschy, Richard, Herzog. Trainer: Fisher.
Germany: Niederberger – M. Müller, Seider, J. Müller, Wissmann, Szuber, Gawanke, Wagner – Peterka, Kahun, Tiffels – Soramies, Sturm, Ehl – Noebels, Kastner, Fischbuch – Tuomie, Stachowiak, Schütz – Varejcka. Trainer: Kreis.

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