The home World Cup tournament of the Danish women’s national ice hockey team ended in the most bitter way possible. Germany saved their place in the series at the last possible moment.
31.8. 8:32•Updated 31.8. 8:38 am
The World Cup tournament of the Danish women’s ice hockey team on home ice had a nightmarish end. A point against Germany would have been enough for a historic quarter-final spot, but it turned out differently.
Germany looked for the winning goal they needed in a 2-2 situation without a goalkeeper and got what they wanted in dramatic fashion. by Tanja Eisenschmid a shot from the line flew into the net with 0.1 seconds left on the Game Clock.
The disappointed Danes collapsed on the surface of the ice while the Germans celebrated wildly. Denmark has never played in the quarter-finals of the World Cup. The loss dropped Denmark to last place in the group, so now the country has to pick up speed from the B level.
– This is hard to put into words. I am deeply disappointed. I don’t know much else. The final moments and the finish were confusing. I haven’t seen the slowdown and I don’t know what happened, Denmark Emma Russell was told for the public broadcasting company DR (you switch to another service).
Despite the victory, Germany was eliminated from the playoffs, but still kept its place in the A series. Germany’s last-minute goal opened up a place in the quarterfinals for Hungary, who will face the United States on Thursday. For Hungary, a place in the quarter-finals of the World Cup is the first ever.
Denmark still led Germany with just under four minutes to go. Laura Kluge equalized in 55.49 before the dramatic final decision.
– This should not have ended like this. We just needed a point, but we pulled back too much and conceded some annoying goals. There’s nothing we can do about it, goalkeeper Cassandra Repstock-Romme said.
Despite the rough end, the year has been memorable for Danish women’s ice hockey. In February, the country played in the Olympic tournament for the first time in Beijing, and the World Cup being played now will be held in Denmark for the first time.
– Danish women’s ice hockey now has a momentum that we haven’t had before. It’s been a crazy year for players. They have played in the biggest tournaments. None of them are professionals but they do this from their heart, an expert in DR Henriette Ostergaard comment.
The program for the quarterfinals of the World Cup on Thursday:
at 13:00 Switzerland – Japan
at 17:00 USA – Hungary
at 18:30 Finland – Czech Republic
at 21:00 Canada – Sweden