Just a day after Switzerland wrenched the International Hockey Lineal Championship from Denmark to open the Arosa Challenge, the tournament closed with a new champion, as Belarus dethroned the Eisgenossen with a 4-3 victory to capture both the IHLC and Arosa Gold.
In a back-and-forth game that Belarus never gave up the lead, but never held more than a one-goal advantage, it was an Andrei Mikhalyov tally with 22 seconds left in the second period that would hold up as the game winner, as Bisons goalie Vitali Koval turned away all 15 Swiss shots in the third to hold on for the win. Daniel Manzato stopped 16 of 20 in the loss for the Swiss, in a goal that saw seven different scorers light the lamp for both teams.
This is Belaurs’ first reign in nearly nine years, their first since their stunning upset victory over Sweden at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics, marking just their third reign in history. This game marked the first ever IHLC meeting between the Swiss and Belarus, who will now carry the IHLC into the Euro Hockey Challenge in April, opening up a two-game series against a powerful Russian squad.
01:44 – PEN – Korobov, interference
04:09 – PEN – Back, tripping
06:54 – GOAL – Kovyrshin (Koltsov)
07:05 – PEN – Ugarov, delay of game
09:07 – GOAL – Bärtschi (Domenichelli, Monnet)
11:15 – PEN – von Gunten, tripping
12:25 – PP GOAL – Denisov (Antonov, Drozd)
15:35 – PEN – Furrer, hooking
19:41 – PEN – Antonov, delay of game
20:22 – PP GOAL – von Gunten (Monnet, Blum)
24:19 – GOAL – Stefanovich (Ugarov, Denisov)
26:18 – PEN – Sheleg, interference
31:35 – GOAL – Stancescu (Lötscher, Gardner)
34:09 – PEN – Bieber, cross checking
39:38 – GOAL – Mikhalyov (Kulakov, Drozd)
40:25 – PEN – Stas, holding
40:25 – PEN – Jeannin, interference
41:45 – PEN – Ambühl, interference
51:04 – PEN – Antonov, boarding
57:06 – PEN – Monnet, tripping
W: Koval (30-33)
L: Manzato (16-20)
SHOTS ON GOAL
7+7+6 = 20
9+9+15 = 33
Goaltenders: Vitali Koval, Dmitri Milchakov. Defence: Andrei Antonov, Vladimir Denisov, Andrei Filichkin, Andrei Glebov, Oleg Goroshko, Dmitri Korobov, Sergei Sheleg, Ivan Usenko (A). Forwards: Yevgeni Baukin, Artyom Demkov, Sergei Drozd, Yevgeni Kovyrshin, Konstantin Koltsov (C), Alexander Kulakov, Andrei Mikhalyov (A), Alexander Pavlovich, Andrei Stas, Mikhail Stefanovich, Alexei Ugarov, Alexei Yefimenko.
Goaltenders: Reto Berra, Daniel Manzato. Defence: René Back, Eric Blum, Philippe Furrer, Beat Gerber, Steve Hirschi, Jörg Reber, Mathias Seger (C), Patrick von Gunten. Forwards: Andres Ambühl, Patrik Bärtschi, Matthias Bieber, Corsin Casutt, Björn Christen, Hnat Domenichelli, Ryan Gardner, Sandy Jeannin (A), Kevin Lötscher, Thibaut Monnet (A), Victor Stancescu, Daniel Steiner.