GERMANY were always going to need good goaltending in their quarterfinal qualification match with CANADA at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver but that certainly did not materialize by the end of the evening in the Canadian western province of British Columbia.
The Germans were able to hang with the Canada for about a period, but not much more.
Two second period goals from Calgary Flame JAROME IGINLA, who notched a hat trick versus Norway on opening day, opened the floodgates as the Canadians lit the lamp three times in the first eight minutes of the middle period; four goals poured in for Canada over the final twenty minutes. Aside from Iginla, six other players registered a goal for Canada while ERIC STAAL of the Carolina Hurricanes contributed three assists in the match.
Meanwhile, another performance featuring a lot of something left to be desired from Germany’s starting goaltender, THOMAS GREISS of the San Jose Sharks.
MARCEL GOC of the Nashville Predators and MANUEL KLINGE of EC Kassel, with just one minute remaining, scored goals to salvage a measure of German pride.
And so the Germans close out a terribly disappointing showing with the heavy loss to host nation Canada at the 2010 Vancouver Games. Another Olympics of underachievement, as matters have it. The Germans have now gone twelve consecutive matches (ten losses, two ties) without a victory in ice hockey at the Winter Olympics dating back to the Salt Lake City Games of 2002.
Not a whole lot of momentum gathered this February in North America as the German national team heads for the annual International Ice Hockey Federation World Championships this spring — which will be held in Germany.
CANADA 8 – GERMANY 2
Shots-on-goal : Canada 39 – Germany 23
CAN goals: Iginla 2, Thornton, Weber, Crosby, Richards, Niedermayer, Nash
GER goals: Goc, Klinge
Canada defenseman CHRIS PRONGER (20) of the Philadelphia Flyers is pressed up against the glass by German forward JOHN TRIPP (21) of the Hamburg Freezers. Tripp, a native Canadian and former 2nd round draft pick of the Calgary Flames, played 43 NHL games (2 go 7 as, 9 pts) for the New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings. Tripp played seven seasons of professional hockey at four different levels in North America before heading to play in the German elite league to start the 2004-05 campaign. (Hans Deryk/Reuters)
With the black disc down in his skates, Canada’s BRENDEN MORROW (10) of the Dallas Stars hits Germany’s JOCHEN HECHT (17) of the Buffalo Sabres at the Canadian bench in Vancouver. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Canada’s BRENDEN MORROW (10) mashes Germany’s MANUEL KLINGE against the boards during the host nation’s demolition of Deutschland at the 2010 Winter Olympics. (Jean Levac/CNS)
Canada’s ERIC STAAL (21) collides with Germany’s Czechoslovak-born defenseman, JAKUB FICENCEC (38). Staal collected three assists in Canada’s 8-2 rout of Germany in Vancouver. (Shaun Best/Reuters)
Canadian superstar SIDNEY CROSBY (87) of the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penquins checks German defenseman MICHAEL BAKOS (22) of ERC Ingolstadt at the Winter Games in Vancouver. (Matt Slocum/AP)
Canadian forward JAROME IGINLA (12) of the Calgary Flames squashes German defenseman ALEXANDER SULZER (52) of the Nashville Predators at the boards in Vancouver. Iginla helped break the game open with a pair of goals inside five minutes apart early in the second period to give Canada a commanding 4-1 lead. (Jean Levac/CNS)
to be continued…