The Irish Men’s National Team lost to Germany 12-11 in what was arguably the most exciting game of the tournament thus far.
The Irish came into the game looking to rebound after a tough opening round loss to England, the defending European Tournament Champions. Germany had won their first match against the Netherlands in the opening game if the tournament 9-8 .
The teams played very evenly to start the game with the score tied at two after the first quarter, but Germany pulled ahead with a second quarter run of goals to gain a 7-3 halftime lead. Similar to their first match against England, Ireland would mount a strong comeback during the second half. The offense picked up the pace and the defense solidified which resulted in the Irish closing to within two goals (8-6) after the third.
Ireland continued to rally and ultimately tied the game at 9. Ireland outscored Germany 6-2 in the second half. The European Championship calls for two, four minute overtime periods, after which a sudden death overtime would ensue if the score is still tied.
Both teams traded goals during the first few minutes of the extra period. Down 11-10 with less than a minute left in overtime, Matt Walsh scored an unassisted goal coming around from the back of the cage to tie the game at 11.
With only seconds now remaining in the overtime period, J.T Prior intercepted a German pass and quickly pushed the ball to the offensive end. On a last second shot Ireland got the ball on cage and into the net as time expired, but the goal was ultimately waved off by the officials, and the two teams went into a final sudden death period. Ireland would not see the ball again, as Germany won the first face-off of the sudden death period and quickly scored.
Ireland will next face the tournament host team, the Netherlands.