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Berra, Switzerland Rally To Beat Denmark In Overtime

by Ryan Boulding / Colorado Avalanche

SWITZERLAND (3) VS. DENMARK (2) - OT

Despite falling to an early deficit, the Swiss rallied back to top Denmark 3-2 in overtime at the Ice Palace in Moscow, Russia, on Tuesday.

The Danes tallied two power-play goals in the first period, with Frederik Storm and Nikolaj Ehlers giving their country a strong lead by the end of the frame.

Swiss goaltender Reto Berra locked down the crease after that, turning aside 20 shots in the following two stanzas while his teammates battled back to tie it in the third. Yannick Weber got his club within one just 9:42 into the final frame, and Nino Niederreiter registered the equalizer 8:16 later.

The unrelenting Swiss ended the overtime period when Eric Blum recorded Switzerland’s third straight marker.

Berra finished with 26 saves in 63:46 of ice time.

Switzerland is now 0-1-2-0 (four points) in preliminary action. The club takes on Latvia on Wednesday.


NORWAY (4) VS. KAZAKHSTAN (2)

Norway got on the board early and kept pushing Kazakhstan, eventually skating away with a 4-2 victory at the Ice Palace in Moscow, Russia, on Tuesday.

Johannes Johannesen found twine just 3:24 into the contest, putting pressure on Kazakhstan to respond. The club did, potting a power-play equalizer 3:36 later to tie the game 1-1.

The same thing happened in the middle stanza, as Norway scored at the 13:04 mark and Kazakhstan retaliated on the power play just 2:43 later. Then Norway took over the contest, registering the eventual game-winning goal at the 1:43 remaining in the period. The club followed that up with an empty-net tally in the final frame to seal the victory.

Norwegian forward Andreas Martinsen finished the game with five shots, six penalty minutes and 18:49 of ice time—the second-highest total among Norwegian forwards.

Norway improved its record to 1-1-0-1 (five points) in preliminary play. The team faces the Czech Republic on Thursday in Moscow.

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