Switzerland struck early and often on a stunned Team Canada at the 2010 World Championships, getting goals from four different attackers to defeat the reigning Olympic champions 4-1 to capture the International Hockey Lineal Championship.
The Eisgenossen opened the scoring just under twelve minutes into the first, when Ivo Rüthemann tapped in a juicy rebound off a Thomas Déruns blast, past Canadian keeper Chris Mason for the 1-0 lead. Rüthemann’s line would strike again just over two minutes later, when linemate Martin Plüss knocked in a rebound from another Déruns shot through a crowd of Canadian defenders for the 2-0 lead. John Tavares would cut the deficit just 26 seconds later on a rebound of his own, but the stifling Swiss defence was definitely a shock to Canada’s offensive system, which had outscored their opponents 11-2 in their first two games, mustering just five first period shots on Swiss goalie Tobias Stephan.
Andres Ambühl crushed any Canadian momentum leading into the second, with Andres Ambühl wiring a goal-line bad angle shot that deflected off Mason’s rear end and in, for the 3-1 lead just 98 seconds into the period. Despite three consecutive penalties, the Swiss stayed hot on offense while keeping Canada at bay, outshooting Canada 15-7 in the second. And taking the lead into the third, depsite being outshot by Canada 12-7 on the period, the line of Rüthemann-Déruns-Plüss would strike once more, with Déruns now getting a goal on a sharp wrister that beat Mason under his glove arm, to take the 4-1 lead, what would hold up as the final score, with the Swiss’ top line each collecting a goal and two assists on the night.
With the win, Switzerland wrenches away the International Hockey Lineal Championship, their eleventh IHLC, from Canada, who entered the Worlds with the IHLC and defended against Italy and Latvia before dropping the title. Switzerland, in their first IHLC reign since last year’s World Championships, last faced Canada for the IHLC in the Quarterfinals of the 2007 World Championships, where Canada won 5-1 to retain and eliminate the Swiss. Switzerland now opens their IHLC defence against the Czechs next in the Qualification Round.
07:27 – PEN – du Bois, tripping
11:47 – GOAL – Rüthemann (Déruns, Plüss)
14:03 – GOAL – Plüss (Déruns, Rüthemann)
14:29 – GOAL – Tavares (Duchene, Whitney)
21:38 – GOAL – Ambühl (Romy, Josi)
22:18 – PEN – Tavares, tripping
30:41 – PEN – Romy, tripping
33:41 – PEN – Monnet, cross checking
38:27 – PEN – Seger, interference
45:29 – GOAL – Déruns (Plüss, Rüthemann)
53:11 – PEN – Seger, holding
60:00 – PEN – Tavares, slashing
W: Stephan (31-32)
L: Mason (14-18)
SHOTS ON GOAL
10+15+7 = 32
5+7+12 = 24
Goaltenders: Martin Gerber, Tobias Stephan. Defence: Goran Bezina, Félicien du Bois, Timo Helbling, Steve Hirschi, Roman Josi, Mathias Seger (C), Julien Vauclair. Forwards: Andres Ambühl, Damien Brunner, Thomas Déruns, Paolo Duca, Marcel Jenni, Romano Lemm, Thibaut Monnet (A), Nino Niederreiter, Martin Plüss (A), Kevin Romy, Ivo Rüthemann, Paul Savary, Morris Trachsler.
Goaltenders: Chad Johnson, Chris Mason. Defence: François Beauchemin (A), Brent Burns, Kyle Cumiskey, Michael Del Zotto, Mark Giordano, Tyler Myers, Kris Russell, Marc Staal. Forwards: Rene Bourque, Steve Downie, Matt Duchene, Evander Kane, Brooks Laich, Steve Ott, Corey Perry (A), Rich Peverley, Steven Stamkos, John Tavares, Ray Whitney (C).