In the final day of competition at the Euro Hockey Challenge before the World Championships, Switzerland narrowly defeated Czechia to not only split their 2-game series, but to capture the International Hockey Lineal Championship, ensuring they bring the title to Slovakia.
The Czechs jumped out to an early lead in this game, unlike yesterday’s tilt, opening the scoring at 11:30 of the first period on a Peter Jánský power play marker, serving as the lone goal of the first period. The Eisgenossen would even things up early in the second on a Julien Sprunger goal past Jakub Kovář, but the Czechs would regain the upper hand just eight minutes later, when a Petr Vrána goal beat Benjamin Conz for the 2-1 lead.
Sprunger would again tie the game early on in the third period, but with the Czechs needing valuable points from a win in the final Euro Hockey Challenge standings could not simply settle with a tie, prompting them to pull Kovář in a tie game in the final seconds of the period. However, it would be Julien Vauclair that locked in the Czechs’ third place finish at the EHC, scoring with just one second remaining to secure the 3-2 victory.
With the win, Switzerland captures their 13th International Hockey Lineal Championship , and first since December’s Arosa Challenge, winning the title from Denmark. Switzerland gains a measure of revenge against the Czechs, who defeated the Swiss yesterday in a 1-0 victory to retain the IHLC. Switzerland is now guaranteed to take the IHLC to the World Championships, where they open the tournament against France on April 29 in Košice.
09:50 – PEN – Rubin, interference
11:30 – PP GOAL – Jánský (Hubáček)
21:12 – PEN – Vauclair, tripping
24:20 – GOAL – Sprunger (Déruns, Gerber)
27:39 – PEN – Vampola, tripping
32:18 – GOAL – Vrána (Gulaš)
37:49 – PEN – Svoboda, holding
42:14 – PEN – Vondrka, hooking
44:19 – GOAL – Sprunger (Ambühl)
44:38 – PEN – Gobbi, roughing
44:38 – PEN – Pospíšil, roughing
46:37 – PEN – team, too many players
46:37 – PEN – Sprunger, hooking
49:06 – PEN – Plüss, tripping
51:28 – PEN – Ambühl, hooking
59:59 – EN GOAL – Vauclair
W: Manzato (15-16), Conz (13-14)
L: Kovář (26-28)
SHOTS ON GOAL
13+6+9 = 28
12+8+10 = 30
Goaltenders: Benjamin Conz, Daniel Manzato. Defence: Philippe Furrer, Beat Gerber, John Gobbi, Simon Lüthi, Mathias Seger, Julien Vauclair, Thomas Wellinger. Forwards: Andres Ambühl, Thomas Déruns, Paolo Duca, Ryan Gardner, Kevin Lötscher, Thibaut Monnet, Simon Moser, Martin Plüss, Daniel Rubin, Ivo Rüthemann, Julien Sprunger, Morris Trachsler.
Goaltenders: Jakub Kovář, Jakub Štěpánek. Defence: Petr Čáslava, Tomáš Mojžíš, Jakub Nakládal, Ondřej Němec, František Ptáček, Vladimír Roth, Vladimir Sicak, Martin Škoula. Forwards: Radek Dlouhý, Milan Gulaš, Petr Hubáček, Peter Jánský, Lukáš Klimek, Jiří Novotný, Tomáš Pospíšil, Ivan Rachůnek, Tomáš Svoboda, Petr Vampola, Michal Vondrka, Petr Vrána.