Deutschland Cup Review: As team spirit beats Team Canada

By Oliver Janz





#8 Vitalij Aab

Deutschland Cup 2001 in Hannover, Nov. 9th – 11th

 

Games:

Switzerland – Slovakia 2-1 P, Germany – Team Canada 3-2, Slovakia – Germany 2-0, Switzerland – Team Canada 4-2, Team Canada – Slovakia 6-4, Germany – Switzerland 1-2 P

(P = after Penalty shots)

 

Final Standings:

P.

Team

GP

W

L

SOL

G-GA

PTS

1.

Switzerland

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3

3

0

0

8-4

7

2.

Slovakia

3

1

1

1

7-8

4

3.

Germany

3

1

1

1

4-6

4

4.

Team Canada

3

1

2

0

8-11

3

 

Topscorer:

P.

Name

Team

GP

G

A

PTS

1.

Peter Douris

Team Canada

3

2

2

4

 

Dusan Milo

Slovakia

3

2

2

4

3.

Brad Purdie

Team Canada

3

2

1

3

4.

Jeff Tory

Team Canada

3

1

2

3

 

Martin Kulha

Slovakia

3

1

2

3

 

NHL-Draftees/prospects:

Slovakia: G Matus Kostur (New Jersey, 1 GP, 0-0-1, GAA 0,92, Sav.% .928), D Rastislav Pavlikovsky (Ottawa, one goal), D Ivan Majesky (Florida, one goal), Richard Lintner (Nashville, no points)

Switzerland: G Martin Gerber (Anaheim, 2 GP, 2-0-0, GAA 0,92, Sav.% .970), D Martin Höhener (Nashville, no points), F Flavien Conne (Los Angeles, one assist), F Reto von Arx (Chicago, no points), F Michel Riesen (St. Louis, no points)

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Team Germany Deutschland Cup-Recap


 

Team Germany – Team Canada 3-2 (1-0, 1-1, 1-1)


Game Summary

4th Acrobatic saves by Robert Müller stopping several shots in a minute.

16th 1-0 for Germany. Jim Waite saves the shot from Daniel Kreutzer – rebound – Daffner gets the puck and scores with a shot over Waite’s shoulder.

19th 4-5 situation for Germany: tremendous backhand pass from Martin Reichel to Vitalij Aab. Aab fails to score with his shot, which wasn’t fast enough to pose a problem for the netminder.

24th Steve Larouche scores the 1-1 equalizer, assisted by Chris Belanger and Peter Douris.

26th 2-1 for Germany – refer to the information about Vitalij Aab below…

36th Fastbreak for Team Canada. Scott King skates towards the German goal. Defender Jörg Mayr skates back into his own defense zone to stop King. Mayr stops him, but the referee decides to award Team Canada a penalty shot, a decision that could be disputed. The discussion ends as Müller thwarts the shot from Scott King with a spectacular glove save.

42nd Good chance for Soccio with a wrist shot, but Waite catches it without any problems.

43rd One of the best situations during the whole game. German forward Eric Dylla checks Chris Belanger very hard behind the Canadian goal, takes the puck, skates in front of the goal and shoots! Waite catches the puck with a fast move from his glove hand.

46th Soccio passes the puck to defender Molling, but Molling’s shot is too weak, not having gotten full wood on the puck as he would have wanted.

47th Team Canada gets a power play, 5-4. Müller saves several shots from the blue line. The German forward comes out of the penalty box – and Kreutzer scores the 3-1 two seconds later after Daffner and Hock missed on their shots.

49th Next power play for Canada. They win the bully, pass the puck to Ryan Savoia at the blue line. He looks, shoots and scores! No chance for Müller who had five players in front of him.

52nd Fastbreak for Germany, Loth passes the puck to Dylla – wrist shot, but Waite saved it.

55th Steve Walker with one timer, but Müller’s glove was fast enough to save it.

59th The goalie is out, Canada plays with six skaters to score the equalizer. German forward Len Soccio missed the empty net goal by a an inch or so …

 

Player infos

#8 Vitalij Aab (22, Nürnberg Ice Tigers/DEL)

The tournament provided Aab with his first international experience. He played in every third shift, most of the time alongside linemates Martin Reichel and Mark MacKay. Zach’s idea for this line was to place Aab with two players who have many years of experience so that he could profit from both guys. Reichel (the brother from NHLer Robert Reichel) is a good skater and MacKay is a good defensive worker. Aab’s strengths are that he has undergone good technical schooling from the Russian style of development (Aab is originally from Kazakhstan) and he’s tall. However, he has to work on his skating. He isn’t fast enough for the international level right now. Also, the defensive work must become better with time, which Aab commented on himself. He didn’t dish out any checks and shies away from body contact. The 22 year old wing received playing time in all important situations and didn’t play bad at all. His biggest moment during the tournament was the goal against Team Canada. Former Maple Leaf’s goalie Jimmy Waite skated behind his goal to stop the puck. Unfortunately, the pass was redirected by German forward Eric Dylla. Aab gained control of the puck while Waite tried to skate back into his goal. Waite wasn’t fast enough as Aab scored the 2-1 in a five-on-three power play situation.

#10 Christian Ehrhoff (19, Krefeld Pinguine/DEL, San Jose Sharks Draft Pick 2001)

He wasn’t the same young defender that he was last season. Ehrhoff had a tremendous tournament. He saw the most ice time of all defensemen during the whole Deutschland Cup. His excellent positional play, strong defensive work and fast-break skating earned him a great deal of credit with coach Hans Zach. The Sharks camp sometime ago seems to have helped him very much. He is stronger and carries himself more like a core player than a talented young gun. Ehrhoff’s defensive partner during the games was his teammate from Krefeld, 30 year old Daniel Kunce. They didn’t play together as a pairing in their team but they did it now for the national team.

#80 Robert Müller (21, Adler Mannheim/DEL, Washington Capitals Draft Pick 2001)

Played in only one game due to the rotation in the German nets. Zach wanted to give all three goalies the opportunity to impress him, so every goalie started one game in goal, saw one game from the bench and had one game from the box. Müller’s opportunity to shine was in the game against Team Canada. And shine he did. He presented the fans with a high class performance, an example of which being the save against Scott King’s penalty shot.

Eric Dylla (age: 25) He isn’t a prospect due to his age, but don’t forget his name. “Dylla” will be seen in the national team in the future. His playing style is very Canadian – Dylla spent the season 94-95 with the Nanaimo Clippers in the British Columbia Junior Hockey League. This season has helped him to play more physical. His checks are as good as the checks from North American players. He had an awesome game against Team Canada. Andreas Morczinietz (23) needs more weight to play on the international level. The good 23 year old skater couldn’t display his fast moves during the games. He received too many checks and had little room to shine. Morczinietz’ biggest strengths are his quick moves and his stickhandling. Daniel Kreutzer (22) seems to be ready to play in north America. A strong work ethic, good skating and a very good hockey sense – it’s just a question if his height… Erich Goldmann (25) dished out some hard defensive checks. Also, his positional play and his passes were good, yet his weaknesses (offensive play and skating) showed during the tournament.

Martin Reichel (28) played better than in several games before. He isn’t the hard checker or the big playmaker, but his passing skills and his technical abilities were very helpfully for the German team at the Deutschland Cup. Patrick Köppchen (21) played in two games. He sat out the first game against Canada. Köppchen is talented, but not quite good enough to play at the international level right now. His skating must get better as it’s a big weakness at the moment, especially against skating-nations like Switzerland or Slovakia. The 0-1 against Slovakia was his fault. Senators’ Draft Pick Christoph Schubert (19) sat our the first game too. He played an average tournament after getting back in the lineup. He had some good moves in the offense, but problems with the positional play. Also, Schubert didn’t show his checking ability. Nobody knows why. Otherwise, he’s an other young defender who extended his tremendous season. Flyers’ Draft Pick Dennis Seidenberg (20) from Mannheim didn’t score during the tournament, but he had excellent performances. He stands out in a crowd during a game because of his skating style. Seidenberg, Ehrhoff and Kunce got the most playing time on the blue line in power play situations and in front of their own goal in penalty killing situations. The young defender played without any big faults and showed his biggest strength, the long passes, several times.

Individual player stats for Germany:

P.

Name

GP

G

A

PTS

+/-

PIM

Notes

F

Daniel Kreutzer

3

1

1

2

0

2

1 GWG

F

Thomas Daffner

3

1

1

2

+1

4

1 PPG

F

Robert Hock

3

0

2

2

0

0

 

F

Len Soccio

3

1

0

1

0

0

1 PPG

F

Vitalij Aab

3

1

0

1

0

4

 

F

Mark MacKay

2

0

1

1

0

2

 

F

Eric Dylla

2

0

1

1

0

2

 

F

Wayne Hynes

3

0

1

1

0

0

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D

Christian Ehrhoff

3

0

1

1

+1

4

 

D

Jörg Mayr

1

0

0

0

0

0

 

D

Patrick Köppchen

1

0

0

0

0

12

 

F

Fabian Brännström

2

0

0

0

0

0

 

D

Andreas Renz

2

0

0

0

0

0

 

D

Erich Goldmann

2

0

0

0

0

0

 

D

Christoph Schubert

2

0

0

0

0

0

 

F

Eduard Lewandowski

2

0

0

0

0

0

 

F

Andreas Morczinietz

2

0

0

0

0

2

 

F

Martin Reichel

3

0

0

0

0

0

 

D

Heiko Smazal

3

0

0

0

-1

0

 

D

Daniel Kunce

3

0

0

0

+1

2

 

D

Jochen Molling

3

0

0

0

-1

2

 

F

Andreas Loth

3

0

0

0

0

2

 

F

Klaus Kathan

3

0

0

0

0

4

 

D

Dennis Seidenberg

3

0

0

0

0

27

PIM 5+20

 

Name

GP

Min.

W

L

SOL

GA

SO

GAA

Sv.%

Marc Seliger

1

64:56

0

0

1

1

0

0,92

.957

Robert Müller

1

60:00

1

0

0

2

0

2,00

.920

Christian Künast

1

57:12

0

1

0

2

0

2,10

.929

No shows: Olaf Kölzig, Sascha Goc, Uwe Krupp, Jochen Hecht, Marco Sturm (all due to NHL-Games), Mirco Lüdemann, Tobias Abstreiter, Stefan Ustorf, Jürgen Rumrich (all due to injuries), Marcel Goc (get a break to don’t burn him out), Jan Benda (they don’t want to bring him over from russia), Thomas Greilinger (recovering from his old injury), Dimitrij Kochnev (emergency call-up goalie)