Austria’s U20 team clearly lost their third game at the World Cup in Edmonton. The selection of the Austrian Ice Hockey Association (ÖEHV) was defeated by Russia 1: 7 (0: 4 1: 0 0: 3) on Tuesday (local time) and is still bottom of Group B with no points. In the second period, Senna Peeters made it 1: 4 but at least the first goal of the Austrians at this tournament, so this section even went to the red-white-red talents.
Favorite Russia laid the foundation stone for this win in the first seven minutes, which began with a converted penalty. “Up to this penalty we had even more shots on goal than Russia,” said team principal Roger Bader. “It was definitely the best game for us at this World Cup. Our goal was to get better every game. We succeeded again. “
Bader found an increase in the scoring chances and ice skating. The Swiss was particularly impressed by the performance in the second third. “We certainly had more opportunities to score a second goal. The fact that we were able to win a third against Russia is excellent for our team, ”said Bader.
More shots than against the USA and Sweden combined
With 18 shots, captain Marco Rossi and Co. fired more than the 0:11 against the USA and the 0: 4 against Sweden combined. The consolation goal to 1: 4 (28th) came from the former US legionnaire Peeters, who is now in action in Sweden. The assist was provided by the youngest player of the tournament, Marco Kasper, who was only 16 years old.
Belgian born Peeters saw further progress. “We got used to the pace better in every game. We work harder and harder, ”said the 18-year-old. Goalie Jakob Brandner, who plays in Finland, was hardly inferior to the previously outstanding standard goalie Sebastian Wraneschitz and fended off 43 shots. Wraneschitz was spared for the last group game.
Quarter-finals still possible
In this, the ÖEHV selection will meet the Czech Republic on New Year’s Eve (8 p.m., live on ORF Sport +). With a historic first win at a U20 World Cup against the neighbor, promotion to the quarter-finals would even be possible. The Czech Republic celebrated their only victory so far against Russia 2-0 and is also better than Austria in terms of potential.
Bader knows about the class of the opponent who recently lost 7-0 to the USA. “The Czech Republic is also a big ice hockey nation. We know how strong they are. They have great defenders, the defense is very good. Anything can happen in a game. We dream of creating a sensation, ”said the team boss.