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2005 WJC Notes - December 26, 2004

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

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The Swiss team marked their tournament-opening game with a 5-0 shutout victory over Belarus on Sunday.

Rangers prospect and Swiss defenseman Philippe Furrer earned two penalty minutes for holding in the second period.

The victory put Switzerland in a three-way tie in Group A standings. Team USA and Czech Republic earned victories in Saturday's Group A matchups.

Phillipe Furrer (Switzerland) ... Earned two penalty minutes for holding in Switzerland's 5-0 shutout over Belarus RECAPS: December 26, 2004 >>

Switzerland 5, Belarus 0

Led by three breakaway goals in the second period, Switzerland was able to earn a win in its first game at the 2005 IIHF World U20 Championship in a 5-0 decision over Belarus in Grand Forks.

In the beginning of the game, it was Belarus that had several one-on-one opportunities, but Swiss goaltender Michael Tobler made the necessary saves to keep the game a 0-0 affair until Roman Wick was able to give Switzerland the 1-0 lead with a wrap around goal.

Belarus held Switzerland scoreless for more than 20 minutes after the Wick goal, but gave up a shorthanded tally when Kevin Romy struck 13:27 into the second period. The Swiss got another quick breakaway goal just over two minutes later, and extended their lead to 4-0 with an odd-man rush with 23 seconds left in the period.

Romy netted his second goal of the game midway through the third period to seal the 5-0 win.

The loss gives Belarus a 0-0-2 record, while the Swiss carry their undefeated record into tomorrow's game against the U.S., which is also unbeaten after one game.
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