IHLC Results – ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช West Germany 4-1 United States ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ – 14 Feb 1976

๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช West Germany 4-1 United Statesย ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Olympic Final Round
Olympiahalle, Innsbruck ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น
Saturday, 14 February 1976

As in previous years, the ice hockey tournament at the 1976 Olympic Games in Innsbruck started with an elimination round. The pairings then resulted from the positions of the teams at the world championships from the previous year.

First, the German selection had to play against Switzerland. On February 2nd, they won 5-1 in front of 7,500 spectators through the goals of Lorenz Funk (2), Ernst Kรถpf, Erich Kรผhnhackl and Wolfgang Boos. So it was clear: Germany will play for places 1 to 6 in the final round in the A group.

The first opponents were the Poles, who in turn prevailed 7-4 in the elimination round against Romania. In the end, however, they were left with 7-4 against Germany. This was followed by a 5-3 defeat against Finland, a 7-3 against the USSR and a 7-4 against Czechoslovakia. In the final game, however, they defeated the USA 4-1.

But to what place had this result been enough? The confusion was great. Because in the end the German team ended up tied with the USA and Finland in third place. One thing was clear: the USA had, also due to the final game against the Germans, the worse goal difference and therefore no chance of Bronze. But in a direct comparison between Germany and Finland, Germany, with a goal difference of 7-6 goals, was behind the Finns, who had a 9-8 goal. With that, everything seemed clear. Bronze for Finland, fourth place for Germany.

Think. After all, the goal difference didn’t play a role at the time. Much more decisive: the goal quotient. But apparently hardly anyone knew about this rule. So it was calculated. The goals scored were divided by the goals scored. Finland comes to 1.125. The German selection, however, to 1.167. To put it bluntly, Germany secured the Bronze medal with a margin of 0.041 goals. It was the “Miracle of Innsbruck.”

Particularly curious: the German players were already disappointed on the way back to the dressing room. It was only on the way there that someone congratulated them on Bronze and thus caused the big surprise.

The players from back then, namely Lorenz Funk, Ernst Kรถpf, Alois Schloder, Rudolf Thanner, Josef Vรถlk, Anton Kehle, Erich Kรผhnhackl, Rainer Philipp, Klaus Auhuber, Ignaz Berndaner, Wolfgang Boos, Martin Hinterstocker, Udo Kiessling, Walter Kรถberle, Stefan Metz, Franz Reindl, Ferenc Vozar and Erich Weishaupt will not be forgotten. After all, there is really no narrower way to win a medal. Oh, and by the way: the rule from back then no longer applies today.

1st Period
06:31 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ PEN – S. Jensen
18:35 – ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช PEN – Auhuber

2nd Period
28:35 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ PEN – S. Jensen
30:30 – ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช PP GOAL – Kรผhnhackl
32:15 – ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช PEN – Funk
35:33 – ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช PEN – team, bench minor

3rd Period
42:51 – ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช GOAL – Philipp (Schloder, Kuhnackl)
44:51 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย GOAL – Schneider
47:59 – ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช GOAL – Schloder (Kรผhnhackl, Philipp)
49:06 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ PEN – G. Ross
54:49 – ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช GOAL – Kรถpf (Kรผhnhackl, Hinterstocker)
54:57 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ PEN – P. Jensen
56:15 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ PEN – Taft
56:52 – ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช PEN – Kรถpf
58:41 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ PEN – Lamby
59:08 – ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช PEN – Hinterstocker

W: ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ชย Kehle
L: ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Warden

๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Goaltenders: Anton Kehle, Erich Weishaupt. Defence: Klaus Auhuber, Ignaz Berndaner, Udo Kiessling, Stefan Metz, Rudolf Thanner, Josef Vรถlk. Forwards: Wolfgang Boos, Lorenz Funk, Martin Hinterstocker, Walter Kรถberle, Ernst Kรถpf, Erich Kรผhnhackl, Rainer Philipp, Franz Reindl, Alois Schloder, Ferenc Vozar.
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Goaltenders: Blaine Comstock, Jim Warden. Defence: Jeff Hymanson, Paul Jensen, Dick Lamby, Bob Lundeen, Gary Ross, John Taft. Forwards: Steve Alley, Daniel Bolduc, Bob Dobek, Robbie Harris, Steve Jensen, Bob Miller, Douglas Ross, Buzz Schneider, Steve Sertich, Ted Thorndike.

new champion
(previous 01 Mar 1975)
Last Title
reign ends
(since 12 Feb 1976)
8 All-Time Wins
2 wins Head-To-Head
(+ 1 tie)
1 win
First IHLC Meeting (FRG vs. USA)
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย USA 2-2 FRGย ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช โ€“ 01 Feb 1961 โ€“ EX โ€“ Bad Tรถlz ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช
Previous IHLC Meeting (FRG vs. USA)
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ชย FRGย 2-0 USAย ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ โ€“ 30 Jan 1968 โ€“ EX โ€“ Garmisch-Partenkirchen ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช
Last IHLC Game
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย USA 7-2 POLย ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ โ€“ 12 Feb 1976 โ€“ OG โ€“ Innsbruck ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น
Next IHLC Game
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ชย SWE 4-1 FRGย ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช โ€“ 08 Apr 1976 โ€“ WC โ€“ Katowice ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ

Article Credit: Team Deustchland
Photo Credit:ย DWย –ย IIHFย –ย HHOFย –ย IOC



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