Jordan Eberle put Team Canada on his back in the opening game of a 2-game set against Switzerland, scoring both the game-tying and game-winning shootout goal to defeat Switzerland 2-1, winning Canada the International Hockey Lineal Championship.
With both sides testing new lineups in advance of the World Championships next week, the game’s opening 50 minutes were played with relative caution, with shots and penalties kept to a low, and both Devan Dubnyk and Reto Berra sharp in net for the Canadians and Swiss, respectively.
With just 1:53 remaining in regulation, suddenly Canada was forced to go on the offensive after Daniel Rubin opened the scoring on a feed from Morris Trachsler for the 1-0 lead. But, the ever-resilient Canadians did not give up, and with the extra attacker, Eberle tied the game with one second remaining to send the game to overtime. With overtime solving nothing, and Dubnyk stopping all three Siwss shooters, Eberle’s lone goal for Canada was enough to win the shootout and the game.
With the victory, Canada wins its 57th International Hockey Lineal Championship title, their first since last year’s World Championships, which they also won from the Swiss in an overtime victory, the last IHLC meeting between these two. Canada defends their new title 48 hours from now in Kloten, hoping to retain and carry the title to the Worlds in Helsinki.
15:51 – PEN – Trachsler, interference
16:58 – PEN – Eberle, holding
17:21 – PEN – Ambühl, hooking
30:48 – PEN – Ladd, boarding
39:33 – PEN – Skinner, high sticking
43:00 – PEN – Rüthemann, interference
45:58 – PEN – Bouwmeester, hooking
47:53 – PEN – Tavares, tripping
50:37 – PEN – Nugent-Hopkins, slashing
58:07 – GOAL – Rubin (Trachsler, Plüss)
59:59 – EA GOAL – Eberle (Keith)
W: Dubnyk (26-27)
L: Berra (25-27)
Goaltenders: Devan Dubnyk, Cam Ward. Defence: Jay Bouwmeester, Duncan Keith, Marc Methot, Ryan Murray, Dion Phaneuf, P.K. Subban. Forwards: Jamie Benn, Jordan Eberle, Evander Kane, Andrew Ladd, Adam Mitchell, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Ryan O’Reilly, Teddy Purcell, Patrick Sharp (C), Jeff Skinner, John Tavares.
Goaltenders: Reto Berra, Lukas Flüeler. Defence: Goran Bezina, Severin Blindenbacher, Félicien Du Bois, Philippe Furrer, Luca Sbisa, Mathias Seger, Mark Streit (C), Patrick Von Gunten. Forwards: Andres Ambühl, Damien Brunner, Thibaut Monnet, Simon Moser, Nino Niederreiter, Benny Plüss, Kevin Romy, Daniel Rubin, Ivo Rüthemann, Julien Sprunger, Morris Trachsler, Roman Wick.