Germans ashamed after another loss

JIM BENDER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:58 AM ET

Team Russia chased the Germans home with their tails between their legs.

The Russians surprised Team Germany 4-1 before 10,701 -- the biggest crowd of the 2007 World Women's Hockey Championship not involving Canada -- in a relegation-round game at the MTS Centre yesterday afternoon.

The Germans drop from fifth to eighth in the world rankings and will be hanging their heads in shame when they arrive in their homeland.

"They'll say, 'What happened?' and we'll just say we don't know," Germany forward Nikola Holmes said. "They (Russians) out-hustled us. We finally hustled in the very end and had enough chances in shooting. But it wasn't enough and we have to swallow that and say, 'All right, next time, we're going to have to out-shoot them 5-1 or whatever.'"

But the drop in rankings will be tough to swallow.

"People at home are obviously going to be disappointed and dropping in the rankings will be something that they don't want to hear," Holmes said. "But hopefully, they will be supportive and help us get into gear, give us a few more opportunities to get into shape and put a little more support into our organization."

The general feeling in the dressing room, she added was "awful.

"But hopefully, we can use this as a wake-up call. The top four were always Finland, Sweden, U.S., Canada and we were always top of the rest. We worked very hard in this game but I guess it wasn't hard enough and maybe that'll get us more into motion and say we really need to fight for the spot we had, and to get ahead. It might be a positive thing for the next few years to come, especially with it happening now and not in Vancouver (2010 Olympics)."

The crowd was boosted by 8,460 school-aged kids whose tickets were subsidized by Manitoba Hydro.


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