Canada (3) – Switzerland (2)
Jake Virtanen (CAN): 4 shots, +2, 2PIM
Brayden Point and Matt Barzal tallied shootout goals as Canada (1-1-0-1) came away with 3-2 victory over Switzerland (0-0-1-2) on Tuesday, clinching a spot in the medal round.
Jake Virtanen had his best game of the tournament, finishing with four shots on goal. After a quiet first period he found another gear to his game, getting more involved physically and creating scoring chances, including possibly his best of the night coming with 7:25 remaining in the third period, but the Abbotsford, BC product couldn’t find the back of the net.
Virtanen started on a line with Dylan Strome and Brendan Perlini, before Lawson Crouse took Perlini’s spot towards the end of the first period. The trio was on the ice for both Canada goals, the first off the stick of Strome, while defenceman Joe Hicketts (Player of the Game) found the equalizer for Canada in the latter half of the second period with Virtanen providing the screen in front.
Canada, which trailed 2-0 in the later stages of the first period, outshot Switzerland 35-25, including a 16-8 advantage in the third period.
Mackenzie Blackwood made 23 saves in the Canada crease, the biggest coming midway through the third period on a Switzerland shorthanded two-on-one.
Next up: vs. Sweden (Thursday, 10am PT, TSN)