IIHF World Championship Top Division 2019 Switzerland vs Italy: #1 Andreas Bernard, #8 Marco Insam, #10 Andres Ambühl. Ondrej Nepela Arena, Bratislava ©Puckfans.at/Andreas Robanser

Group B – Ondrej Nepla Arena, Bratislava

At noon, Switzerland and Italy met. Switzerland won the last three games between these two teams. For newly promoted Italy, this game as a maverick was a challenge.

With the first shot on goal in Switzerland, the dreams of the Italians were destroyed. Josi plays in the free space to Fiala, who leaves Goalie Bernard no chance and scored the 1-0 (2.). The Swiss continued and Loeffel fails Bernard. Then the Italians woke up and gave their first chances through Trivellato and Rosa. After an ideal pass from Genazzi to Hofmann, he scored the 2-0 (8.). The game then swung back and forth, Bardaro awards a good opportunity for Italy and Josi for Switzerland. Shortly after halftime of the period it tries Martschini with a long shot. The puck goes between the legs of Bernard to 3-0 in the goal (11.). The Swiss pushed the game further on their stamp. Praplan has bad luck with his shot, the puck goes to the pole. Shortly before the break, Switzerland came to a power play. Fiala comes to the puck, leaves this for Ambuhl. This takes over directly and Praplan fakes the puck off and scored six seconds before the break the 4-0 (20.).

IIHF World Championship Top Division 2019 Switzerland vs Italy #6 Sean McMonagle, #82 Simon Moser, #1 Andreas Bernard. Ondrej Nepela Arena, Bratislava ©Puckfans.at/Andreas Robanser

Switzerland starts the middle period as it had finished the first. There were no 90 seconds played when the next goal fell. Ambuhl plays the puck to Moser and scored the 5-0 (22.). This goal was the decision, but Switzerland saw no reason to give in to pressure. Only two minutes later Fiala scored his second goal and it was 6-0 (24.). Italy’s goalie Bernard was then able to prevent further goals from Genazzi and Hofmann. In addition, Switzerland came to a power play, but shot no further goal. After the expiration of this playful outnumber, Italy came back to play a bit more. The previously under-employed Swiss goalie Berra was able to prevent the sudden opportunities of the Italians by DeLuca or Ramoser. At the end of the period, Switzerland had another power play, but Fiala missed his chance for a fourth goal.

In the last period, the Swiss arrived after just under a minute to a power play. Only 18 seconds had been played, the next goal fell. Fiala exploits a pass from Hirschier to 7-0 (42.). The Italians playfully barely existed had to accept the next goal shortly thereafter. Rod with pass to Loeffel and scored the 8-0 (47.). The Swiss wanted more and Hirschier meets only three minutes later to 9-0 (50.). Afterwards, Switzerland took the pace out of the game with this comfortable lead. The Italians of course wanted to achieve the honorary goal but Berra prevented this with great reflexes against DeLuca and Hochkofler. Switzerland celebrate an undefeated victory and Goalie Berra the first shut-out at this tournament.

Photo Galerie SUI vs ITA

Team Switzerland vs Team Italy 9-0 (4-0, 2-0, 3-0)

Group A – Steel Arena, Kosice

In the parallel game in Kosice were facing Denmark and France. Denmark have won three out of their last five games, and France is well on their way to winning.

In Kosice, Denmark had the first power play early on, but scored no goal. Just minutes before the half of the period, France had a power play. That was used and Bertrand scored the 1-0 for France (9.). In the final minute of the period it was exciting. In a 4-4 game, Storm scored the equalizer to make it 1-1 (20.). Seconds later Denmark had a playful superiority and four seconds before the break Lauridsen scored the 2-1 for the Danes (20.).

A few minutes after the break, the Frenchman scored the 2-2 equalizer through Dame-Malka (25.). After a good attack by the Danes, Boedker could only be stopped with a foul and there was a penalty. France goalie Hardy was able to defuse this penalty. The French were then better in the game and Fleury scored the lead to 3-2 (33.). Shortly thereafter, there was power play for the „Tricolor“ and Claireaux increased with his goal to 4-2 (34.). However, Denmark did not back off and after a good combination between Boedker and Eller, he scored the 3-4 (36.).

In the final third of the Danes put it all to the compensation goal to achieve. Although Denmark had a power play, but a goal was denied. After a quick play Jesper Jensen succeeds, after passing Nicholas Jensen’s deserved 4: 4 (47.). As a result, both teams s ever had a power play. There were no further goals and it went into the first overtime in this tournament. In the penalty shoot-out, the Danes had the better end for themselves. Storm scores the winning goal with his penalty and Denmark wins 5: 4.

Team Denmark vs Team France 5-4 SO (2-1, 1-3, 1-0,0-0)