Ice hockey team lost 2:3 to the Czech Republic in Linz

2024-04-20 18:37:05

The Austrian national ice hockey team narrowly lost the second test match against World Cup hosts the Czech Republic. Team boss Roger Bader’s selection, which was not yet top-ranked, lost to the multiple world champions on Saturday in Linz 2:3 (1:1,0:2,1:0), and on Thursday they lost 1:5 away to the Czechs. The previous week there had been two clear defeats against Slovenia.

In the home game against the Czechs, the ÖEHV team sold themselves dearly. They started promisingly in front of 3,400 fans and also took the lead through Linz striker Nico Feldner (14th). The favored former world champion then clearly took command and moved away to 3-1. But the Austrians also had some good phases and were rewarded with a goal from Capitals player Leon Wallner (58th). However, they were no longer able to equalize.

“I have to praise the whole team, we didn’t give up until the end. At the end it got exciting again, unfortunately we didn’t manage to equalize, but we can still be proud of this performance,” said captain Dominique Heinrich.

Team boss Bader saw a step forward compared to the first game against the Czechs. “Of course the general performance brings a certain level of self-confidence. We didn’t win the game, but we were able to take a lot away. I’m proud of the team the way they played today,” said the Swiss.

Next week there will be two duels with vice world champions Germany, who lost to Slovakia at home 4:5 after extra time on Saturday. As the ultimate endurance test before the World Cup, Canada awaits in Vienna on May 5th.

Result of the international ice hockey test match on Saturday in Linz: Austria – Czech Republic 2:3 (1:1.0:2.1:0). Goals Austria: Feldner (14th), Wallner (58th)

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