Germans hope to hold hosts to single digits

JIM BENDER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:00 AM ET

They know it's a daunting task.

And to hear the Germans talk about tonight's game (7:30, MTS Centre) against heavily-favoured Canada, it would take another miracle on ice.

"I was just asked if there was a possibility for us to win and it was like, 'No -- if they get the flu maybe,' " joked German forward Nikola Holmes. "Other than that ... We're setting smaller goals and basically, I would hope that our team gets a lot more shots on net than the Swiss did and the Canadians have fewer shots on our net. We're ranked higher than the Swiss and I think that's a realistic goal."

The Canucks seared the Swiss 9-0 Tuesday night.

"We want to get a better result than the Swiss got," German coach Peter Kathan said through a translator. "But we know we don't have a chance so we'll do our best to only get three or four goals scored on us instead of nine or 10.

"Canada can't win the world championship in soccer so Germany is like Canada in soccer ... Maybe in two or three years in Vancouver, we'll get a chance to catch up. But to close the gap is not very easy for us because we improve and they improve."

Forward Maritta Becker was asked if the Germans had any chance at all to upset the hometown faves.

"Well really, it's a big dream so ... no," she replied. "We beat the Under-20 team two years ago in Germany so that was a big success for Team Germany. But I think Canada has different abilities. They are more serious than the other countries so, it's a big dream."


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