Tuesday, November 29, 2022

After a good first third, Switzerland goes swimming against the United States

Switzerland suffered a clear defeat in their second game at the Under20 World Cup in Edmonton on Thursday. The team lost to USA in Group B despite several good performances with 1:7. In Group A, Slovakia performed even worse in their second appearance of the tournament. She lost 11-1 against hosts Canada. On the other hand, Finland and Czech Republic made it exciting when they met in Group A. In the end, the Finns won in 4:3 NP.

Switzerland 1-7 USA (0-0/1-5/0-2)

Nothing for a long time indicated the clear success of the favorite. The Swiss, Kevin Paschke, started to score, well placed in the first third. He not only focused on defense, he also sought his salvation on the offensive. 0-0 after 20 minutes.

In the second half, the Confederates’ defense was initially in control of the situation. But then it happened when Switzerland fell in the middle section for the second time: Carter Mazur gave USA a 1-0 lead (26′). But Switzerland’s answer was quickly followed. Joel Henry made it 1-1 (29th) with a fine individual performance.

Tweet from @IIHFHockey: A banner night for @usahockey as he stunned @swissIceHockey 7-1 with only 24 shots on goal. #WorldJuniors

After that, USA players again significantly increased the number of strokes. The Swiss could no longer counter the vortex of attack much. The doorbell rang at regular intervals in Paschke’s residence. Brock Faber (32′), Mazur scored his second goal (34′), Landon Slagert (38′) and Matthew Coronato (40′) made the score 5–1 after two periods from the Americans’ point of view.

Swiss coach Marco Beyer made a goalkeeper change for the final third. He sent Noah Patnaud on ice for Paschke. The freshman between positions did a good job, saving seven of America’s nine shots on goal. However, he was powerless against goals from Thomas Bordeleau in the power play (42nd) and Riley Duran (57th).

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Switzerland’s next rival is Germany. The game takes place on Saturday at 8 p.m. local time in Edmonton (Sun at 4 p.m. CEST).

Sloveki – Canada 1:11 (0:4/1:4/1:3)

The favorite Canadians gave the Slovaks little chance and celebrated their first double-digit victory of the ongoing U20 World Cup. Captain Mason McTavish was an outstanding player for the home team. He has four goals and two assists to his name. It was the hosts’ second win in the second game, while Slovakia are still waiting for their first point.

Tweet from @IIHFHockey: Matej Kaslick refuses to shut down @HockeyCanada! @HockeySlovakia #SVKCAN #WorldJuniors

McTavish’s four goals equaled Canada’s singles game record at the World Junior Championships. His compatriots who were also successful were Mario Lemieux (1983), Simon Gagne (1999), brayden shenney (2010), taylor radioshow (2016), Maxime Komtois (2018) and last December Conor Bedard registered an 11:4 win against Austria. However, later this tournament was canceled due to Corona.

Commenting on the goal record, McTavish said: “It’s a great and a special moment for me. But the credit goes to the whole team. My teammates have been looking for me throughout the game, especially Bedard. Made a great game.”

Considered the top pick for the first overall pick in the 2023 NHL Draft, Bedard opened the scoring and contributed assists to the thumping victory. Joshua Roy scored one goal and three assists. Making his tournament debut, Brennan Othman scored one goal and two assists with Ethan del Mastro. Will Coyle, Olen Zellweger and Logan Stankoven recorded a goal each and an assist. Zack Ostapchuk entered the score sheet with a goal.

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Matej Kai was responsible for the consolation goal for the Slovaks. “I don’t know what happened,” commented Adam Sikora on the bitter defeat. “It was a terrible game for everyone. Now we have to focus completely on the next game against Latvia. This will be the most important game of the competition for us.”

Finland – Czech Republic 4:3 ep (1:2/1:00/1:1/0:0/1:0)

The duel was an exciting affair till the end. Caspar Simontaval made the decision with the Finns’ second singles run in the penalty shoot-out.

Tweet from @IIHFHockey: FInland is unbeaten through two games at @leijonat 2022 #WorldJuniors, thanks to a shootout goal from Caspar Simontaval to beat Czechia 4-3.

Czech Republic got off to a better start in this match. Jaroslav Chameler took a 1-0 lead in the seventh minute. They made it 2-0 in the power play five minutes later. Jan Masek won the face-off in the offensive zone. The puck was found by Jiri Kulich, who put it in the unassailable net for Finland goalkeeper Levi Merillainen. Before the break in the first third, Robbie Jarventi narrowed the lead to 1:2 (17th).

Casper Puteo equalized in the second half (24′). Finland took the lead in the final section for the first time. Atu Rati converts a pass from captain Ronnie Hirvonen to make 3:2 (51st). But shortly afterwards Masack made a 3:3 equalizer (53′).

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