Quarter-Final 1 – Steel Arena, Kosice
The Canadians raise another revenge in the game against Switzerland. The last game at the World Cup last year in Copenhagen, the Swiss have decided for themselves and prevented the entry of the Canadians into the final.
Switzerland’s 1-0 lead by Sven Andrighetto in the 19th minute left the Swiss with a lead in the first break. The Canadians were in the second period, the game-determining team, but really dangerous they were barely. Only, they were lucky to have Mark Stone. He equalized in the 26th minute, but thanks to Nico Hischier’s goal, the Swiss took the lead three seconds before the second break.
The Canadians found in the third period hardly a means against the clever playing Swiss. That this was not enough at the end, was due to a crazy final phase. In the maple leaves with six field players pressed again on the balance. The Swiss fought very well, and could also rely on a very good goalie Genoni. Despite these virtues, it was a shot from Damon Severson, who slid into the goal just 0.3 seconds before the end of the game – 2-2.
Despite this setback, the Swiss did not lag behind. They were the better team at the beginning of the over-time. However, almost exactly in the middle of the extra time, the Canadians were able to shift one gear higher. Pierre-Luc Dubois won the puck in the 66th minute, which Stone could exploit to 3-2.
Although the victory of the Canadians was somewhat happy in the end, he was certainly not undeserved. Finally, the maple leaves in the last period had pressed very hard on the balance and hit, among other things, the rod.
In the end, Team Canada reigns victorious with the renewed Lucky Goal in the final stages of the match and moves to Bratislava. For the vice-world champion from Switzerland, however, this World Cup ends unhappily.
Team Canada vs Team Switzerland 3-2 OT (0-1, 1-0, 1-1, 1-0)