Austria lost the first game at the 2022 Ice Hockey World Championships 3-1 to Sweden. But the performance gave reason for hope. The ÖEHV selection was able to demand the “Tre Kronor” over long distances. The next top opponent was waiting with the USA. The initial phase in the first third was also promising. Austria was able to match the pace of the United States. Roger Bader’s selection knew how to convince with aggressive forechecking.
The courageous performance was in the Benjamin Nissner scored in front of Marco Kasper’s goal after an exemplary pass. So Austria took the lead in the second section. Austria also survived two outnumbered situations. Austria was then able to deliver the next shock to the USA. Huber made it 2-0 after a beautifully played attack. Haudum served Wukovits, who was able to pass the disc on to Huber and place the disc in the USA’s goal. In return, the USA reduced the lead to 1: 2 (35th). Bellows scored the United States’ first goal of the game with a backhand (35′)
Most recently, Austria was able to win against the USA in 2001 at a World Cup. At that time, the Austrian ice hockey team had the upper hand 3-0. This time, too, it looked like a sensation for a long time. But the USA used a superior number situation to equalize 2:2. Huber received a two-minute penalty for delaying the game. Gaudette hit the cross corner with a seamless shot, relieving the favorites on the bench. After the regular season didn’t bring a decision, it went into overtime. Austria took a majority with them.
Bader’s team was unlucky in overtime when Schneider only hit the crossbar. But in the 3 against 3, Lebler had the disc ripped off. So Luke Hughes ran alone on kickert and gave the USA the extra point. In the end, Austria scored a point against the USA after a sensational performance. In the parallel game, France won 2-1 against Kazakhstan. The French initially went from behind, however, when Orekhov scored to put the Kazakhs ahead. But France, in the person of Texier and Chakiachvili, turned the game around and eventually secured three points.