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Switzerland beats Canada in SO

by Staff Writer / Winnipeg Jets

The Winnipeg Jets have four players participating in the 2013 IIHF World Hockey Championships in Helsinki, Finland and Stockholm, Sweden: Andrew Ladd (Canada), Ondrej Pavelec (Czech Republic), Jacob Trouba (United States) and Arturs Kulda (Latvia).

Andrew Ladd scored the Canadians first goal of the game to tie things up 1-1 at 34:33 in the 2nd period. The goal marked his first goal and first point of the tournament. Luke Schenn and Steven Stamkos picked up the helpers. He only had one shot in the game and played 19:50 of ice time.



SWITZERLAND 3 2 1 0 0 8
NORWAY 2 2 0 0 0 6
CANADA 2 1 0 1 0 4
SWEDEN 2 1 0 0 1 3
BELARUS 2 1 0 0 1 3
CZE. REPUBLIC 3 1 0 0 2 3
DENMARK 1 0 0 0 2 0
SLOVENIA 2 0 0 0 2 0

RUSSIA 2 2 0 0 0 6
USA 2 2 0 0 0 6
SLOVAKIA 3 2 1 0 1 6
FINLAND 2 1 1 0 0 5
FRANCE 2 1 0 0 1 3
GERMANY 3 0 0 1 2 1
AUSTRIA 2 0 0 0 2 0
LATVIA 2 0 0 0 2 0

Andrew Ladd CAN 2 1 0 1 0 E
Jacob Trouba USA 2 0 1 1 0 E
Arturs Kulda LAT 2 1 0 1 0 -4

Ondrej Pavelec CZE 0 0 0 0 0 0


STOCKHOLM – Reto Suri's second goal of the shootout, in the eighth round, gave Switzerland a 3-2 victory over Canada. These were his first career shootout goals and gave the Swiss their second win in the tournament after defeating Sweden on the opening day.

It was also just the second win at the Worlds for the Swiss in 28 all-time meetings with Canada stretching back to 1934. The first came at the 2010 World Championship, the first tournament under coach Sean Simpson.

"The key to our win was defence and being able to skate on the big ice," said Swiss forward Nino Niederreiter, who scored for the second straight game. "In the third period we were feeling that we could achieve something here and did not accept that it was 2-1 in their favour."

Canada (1-1) now has a day off before playing Norway on Tuesday. The Swiss (2-0) play tomorrow against the Czech Republic.

"Every team can beat every team," offered a delighted Philippe Furrer. "We have continue playing our system, be patient and take advantage of chances that come up. This game shows how successful we can be when we do that."

Suri scored earlier in the shootout when his shot dribbled under the glove of Mike Smith and over the goal line. Matt Duchene then calmly scored for Canada to extend the game-winning shots contest. Duchene later missed on two further attempts including the final one.

Switzerland dominated the first period by playing a Canadian game. It played physically, went hard to the net, and played sound defensive hockey around goalie Martin Gerber. The only penalty of the first period was a double minor to defenceman Stéphane Robidas for high-sticking, but the Canadians killed it off in expert fashion.

The Swiss, though, got a justly deserved goal a few minutes later. Morris Trachsler stripped the puck from Claude Giroux who carried the puck lazily through the middle of the ice, and Julian Walker made a nice drop pass to Denis Hollenstein on the ensuing two-on-two.

Canadian blueliner T.J. Brodie backed up too deep into his own end, and Hollenstein ripped a one-timer past a screened Mike Smith, who was a little back in his net.

At age 31, Smith, who is without question the best puck handler among the goalies in this year's World Championship, was making his Team Canada debut (at any level). He was solid if not excellent throughout as the Swiss had the greater number of scoring chances.

The Canadians did what they did in their first game by coming out harder in the second period, but the Swiss were up to the task. They continued to play solid hockey and didn’t give up too many odd-man rushes or great scoring chances.

Nonetheless, Canada evened the score at 14:33 on a scrambly play off the rush. Steven Stamkos made a hard cross-ice pass coming in over the blue line, but it was redirected behind the net.

It came out the back side, though, and Luke Schenn was right there. He ripped a hard pass to the top of the crease where Andrew Ladd was cutting in, and Ladd redirected the puck past Gerber to make it a 1-1 game.

Undaunted, the Swiss continued to skate with Canada and showed no letdown after the goal. Indeed, Matthias Bieber had the best chance the rest of the period but blasted a shot over Smith’s net.

Matt Read's goal at 7:35 of the third broke a 1-1. Read chased down a puck the Swiss had thought would go for an icing call. He got it to Jordan Eberle behind the goal and took a return pass out the back side of the goal. Read snapped a quick shot from a bad angle past a surprised Martin Gerber.

The Swiss responded, though, off a wild scramble. They hit the crossbar, and with a melee of players in the crease, Nino Niederreiter pushed the puck over the goal line. The play was confirmed by video review.

"We had a lot of chances," said Niederreiter. "The goal to tie was a scrum in front of the net. The guys were really pushing for the tying goal and finally the puck went in."

That tying goal set the stage for an uneventful overtime and then Suri's heroics in the shotoout.



** Jacob Trouba picked up his first point as he assisted on a PP goal from David Moss. He saw 16:07 minutes of ice-time for Team USA. Arturs Kulda picked up his first goal and first point of the tournament for Team Latvia, as he scored at 21:11 of the second period, which ended up to be the lone Latvia goal.

Bobby Butler scored one and added and assist, Paul Stastny assisted two of the U.S. goals while Ben Bishop made 20 saves for Team USA.

"It was a hard-fought game in the first 40 minutes," said the USA's Nate Thompson. "I thought we played well defensively, and Ben Bishop made some huge saves. Overall, our special teams were great today. I think it was a solid win for us."

"One goal is not enough to win a hockey game," said Latvian captain Lauris Darzins. "Our power play has to be better. We also have to score on our breakaways. I had one, as did my linemate. It would be huge if we would get those. Momentum would be on our side and it would be a different game."

Just like in their game against Russia, Latvia came strong out of the gate against the U.S., and caught the American team by surprise. Latvia’s coach Ted Nolan had given the nod to Edgars Masalskis who played the last period in the game against Russia. Team USA’s Ben Bishop played his second game in two days. Latvia had also added the Rochester Americans’ forward Zemgus Girgensons to their lineup.

The U.S. had won five of their last games against Latvia, and haven’t lost a World Championship game to Latvia since 2001 (although they played a 3-3 tie in the 2006 Olympics).

The first period lost some steam after Latvia’s initial push, but what the first period was lacking in action, the second period compensated for it.

Just a minute into the period, Janis Sprukts won a puck battle in the American zone, carried the puck to the corner, turned around and found Arturs Kulda wide open in the slot. Kulda shot a whip of a wrist shot and beat Bishop high on the blocker side.

Exactly 60 seconds was how long it took Team USA to tie the game. Bobby Butler drove hard to the net, Masalskis made a save, and even stopped Butler’s second attempt, but could get his glove on the puck, and Tim Stapleton snapped it from the edge of the crease.

Another 59 seconds later, Juris Stals got a slashing minor, giving the U.S. a golden opportunity to grab a stranglehold of the game.

Paul Stastny and Jacob Trouba played the puck to David Moss to the side of the net. Moss pivoted to the net, and slammed the puck to the net when the second period was just 4:21 old.

Moss also gave Latvia a chance to get back into the game when he got a double minor for high sticking. The first of Moss’s minors were played 4-on-4, as Roberts Jekimovs was also in the penalty box for interference, after he had tried to forecheck Bishop in the corner.

Latvia had its chances, including two breakaways, in the game, but Ben Bishop was solid in the goal. Latvia’s chase was cut short at the halfway mark of the last period when Bobby Butler scored a power play goal. The U.S. power play unit cycled the puck until Tim Stapleton took a slap shot from the blueline. Masalskis made one save, two saves, but Butler backhanded the rebound to the net and makde it 3-1 at 10:55.

Matt Hunwick made it 4-1 just a minute and 26 seconds later with a slap shot from the blueline. Stastny collected his second assist of the game.

Team USA took its second win in two days, and is one of the two teams with a perfect record in Helsinki. The other is its next opponent, Russia.

"Every game gets tougher in this tournament," said Thompson. "Russia is Russia. They have some firepower, they can score some goals, so we have to be ready."

Latvia will take on winless Austria next. "Playing Austria is big," Darzins said. "We still have zero in the standings, so we gotta start to get some points."


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