The German women’s ice hockey team made a successful start to the Nations Championship in Landshut. In the competition, which was held in conjunction with the German Men’s Cup for the first time, national coach Jeff McLeod’s team won 1-0 (0-0, 1-0, 0-0) over Denmark on Wednesday. Jennifer Miller scored the winning goal in the 29th minute in front of 1,028 spectators.
The second match will be held on Friday (7 pm / Magentasport) against Finland, which lost 2: 4 to the Czech Republic, which ranks third in the World Cup. The Danes have repeatedly given up on German goalkeeper Sandra Abstreiter. The 25-year-old was the first German selected by Ottawa in the women’s draft of the newly founded North American Professional Women’s Hockey League (PWHL) in September. In January 2024, six teams, called the Original Six from Boston, New York and Minnesota (USA) as well as Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal (Canada), will compete in the PWHL Championship. Abstreiter currently plays for the ECDC Memmingen Indians.
With eight other players, the club from Bavaria represents the largest contingent in national coach McLeod’s squad. But Mad Dogs Mannheim striker Miller was responsible for the goal. The 25-year-old did not give Denmark goalkeeper Caroline Thomsen any chance to defend. Miller was nominated for the Lisa Haynes Award just Monday. With 90 seconds to go, the A-WM rookie had the goalkeeper cleared, but DEB’s pick was still able to pull off his narrow success without any problems. There will be a replay of the match against Denmark next year on April 4 at the World Cup in the USA. The two teams will then meet in the second group in Utica, New York.
The men’s national team, led by coach Harold Kreis, begins the tournament against Denmark on Thursday (7.45pm / Magentasport). Austria and Slovakia are the other two contenders for second place in the World Championship.
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