TORONTO -- San Jose Sharks prospect Noah Rod scored two goals and goaltender Gauthier Descloux made 30 saves to lead Switzerland to a 5-2 victory against Germany in Game 1 of the best-of-3 relegation round in the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship at Air Canada Centre on Friday.
Switzerland, which finished fifth in Group B, will earn a berth into the 2016 WJC in Finland with one more victory against Germany. The second game of the series will be held Saturday at ACC at 7 p.m. ET.
If a third game is necessary, it will be played Monday at 11 a.m. ET. The loser of the series is relegated to Division I Group A in the 2016 tournament.