Switzerland swept their two-game Euro Hockey Challenge with relative ease against a tough Swedish squad, this time winning 5-2 in Nyköping to retake their newly-won International Hockey Lineal Championship.
As with their first game two days earlier, Switzerland started their scoring early, this time with a Denis Hollenstein solo effort just over six minutes into the first, to carry a 1-0 lead into the first. However, Tre Kronor was quicker to strike back this time, surprising Swiss keeper Tobias Stephan with a Daniel Bång shorthanded goal just 38 seconds into the second period, and only 18 seconds following a Joel Lundqvist tripping call. The Eisgenossen would still end up converting on the penalty with a Nino Niederreiter strike past Jhonas Enroth, to retake the 2-1 lead.
Daniel Fernholm would convert on Sweden’s next power play just two minutes later, only to be answered back by Niederreiter’s second goal just under four minutes later, putting things at 3-2 after forty minutes. And, thanks to a number of costly Swedish penalties, the Swiss were able to coast in the third, putting things at 4-2 on a 2-man advantage power play goal from Félicien Du Bois with just over five minutes to go, and a power play empty net goal (thanks to a late Jonas Andersson penalty) from Simon Moser to put the final score at 5-2.
With the victory, Switzerland retains the International Hockey Lineal Championship it captured from Sweden just two days earlier, its 14th such title. As mentioned prior, these two last met only two days ago in Örebro in the first leg of their 2-game series, with the Swiss winning the IHLC in a 4-2 victory. The Swiss win now guarantees that the IHLC will enter the World Championships next month via Helsinki, with Switzerland opening their championship first with a pair of tune-up exhibition games against Canada on April 29.
06:21 – GOAL – Hollenstein
12:43 – PEN – Romy, holding
20:20 – PEN – Lundqvist, tripping
20:38 – SH GOAL – Bång
21:41 – PP GOAL – Niederreiter (Wick)
22:10 – PEN – Rubin, slashing
23:53 – PP GOAL – Fernholm (Pettersson)
25:28 – PEN – Bång, interference
27:50 – GOAL – Niederreiter (Sprunger, von Gunten)
36:09 – PEN – Hollenstein, hooking
36:12 – PEN – Chiesa, delay of game
43:53 – PEN – Bezina, delay of game
46:58 – PEN – Harju, slashing
52:29 – PEN – Lundh, slashing
53:09 – PEN – Andersson, hooking
54:01 – PP2 GOAL – Du Bois (Bezina, Romy)
56:47 – PEN – Liniger, slashing
58:21 – PEN – Andersson, slashing
59:37 – EN PP GOAL – Moser (Trachsler)
W: Stephan (38-40)
L: Enroth (21-25)
SHOTS ON GOAL
7+13+5 = 25
12+20+8 = 40
Goaltenders: Leonardo Genoni, Tobias Stephan. Defence: Goran Bezina (C), Alessandro Chiesa, Félicien Du Bois, Robin Grossman, Dean Kukan, Romain Loeffel, Julien Vauclair (A), Patrick von Gunten. Forwards: Matthias Bieber, Damien Brunner, Denis Hollenstein, Michael Liniger, Simon Moser, Nino Niederreiter, Benjamin Plüss, Kevin Romy (A), Daniel Rubin, Julien Sprunger, Morris Trachsler, Roman Wick.
Goaltenders: Jhonas Enroth, Viktor Fasth. Defence: Jonas Ahnelöv, Jonas Brodin, Klas Dahlbeck, Daniel Fernholm (A), Jonas Frögren, Mattias Karlsson, Tobias Viklund. Forwards: Jonas Andersson, Daniel Bång, Nicklas Danielsson, Johan Harju, Simon Hjalmarsson, Patrik Lundh, Joel Lundqvist (C), Niklas Olausson, Linus Omark, Fredrik Pettersson (A), Robert Rosén, Patrik Zackrisson.