IHLC Results – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada 4-2 Switzerland ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ – 01 May 2012

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada 4-2ย Switzerland ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ
Exhibition Game
Kolping Arena, Kloten ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ
Tuesday, 01 May 2012

Patrick Sharp scored the go-ahead goal in the second period Tuesday as Canada defeated Switzerland 4-2 in its final exhibition game before the 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship.

The Chicago Blackhawks’ forward snapped a 2-2 tie as the Canadians downed Switzerland for the second straight game after Sunday’s 2-1 shootout win.

John Tavares and Andrew Ladd gave Canada a 2-0 lead on Tuesday before Roman Wick and Damien Brunner replied for the Swiss on the power play in the second.

Sharp also picked up an assist on Jeff Skinner’s empty-net goal.

Cam Ward started and picked up the win for Canada, which opens the tournament against Slovakia on Friday in Helsinki, Finland.

Sharp played on a line with Tavares and Skinner and said the trio is starting to get some chemistry.

“Lots of talent and speed,” Sharp said of his linemates. “I think today was just a much better game than the first. We were able to read off each other, made better plays, each one of us got a goal and a few points so it’s a positive sign going forward.”

Sharp and fellow Blackhawks’ teammate Duncan Keith joined the Canadian squad before Sunday’s exhibition game without taking part in a single practice.

“I think we were much better the second exhibition game than we were in the first and that’s the idea here going forward in the tournament โ€“ to get better and better every game,” Sharp said.

“You’ve got a lot of skilled players over here and it’s going to take some time to adjust to each other.

“I thought today was a step in the right direction.”

Sharp and the Blackhawks were eliminated in six games by the Phoenix Coyotes in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. He says the World Championship is a good way to try to end the season on a winning note.

“You get a call from your country and it’s always an honour to put the jersey on,” he said. “It’s a way to extend your season, come together with a group of guys and try to win a gold medal.”

Despite all working towards a common goal, Sharp added that seeing NHL opponents on your bench takes a little getting used to.

“You’re playing against rivals and then all of a sudden you’re teammates now and you’re buddies in the locker room,” he said.

“We’ve been working on our team chemistry and everyone here has a positive attitude and I think that’s going to be a key to our success.”


BOXSCORE
1st Period
03:24 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย GOAL – Tavares (Skinner, Sharp)
08:02 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญย PEN – Romy,ย hooking
17:59 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Methot,ย high sticking

2nd Period
30:49 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย GOAL – Ladd (Kane)
31:29 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Tavares,ย holding
32:34 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญย PP GOAL – Wick (Ambรผhl, Bezina)
34:19 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Perry,ย tripping
34:37 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญย PP GOAL – Moser (Brunner, Bezina)
35:42 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย GOAL – Sharp (Tavares, Methot)
36:13 –ย ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ PEN – Plรผss,ย hooking

3rd Period
54:34 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Ladd,ย hooking
58:05 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญย PEN – Ambรผhl,ย slashing
59:47 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PP GOAL – Skinner (Sharp)

GOALTENDERS
W: ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย Ward (29-31)
L: ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญย Stephan (20-24)

ROSTERS
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Goaltenders:ย Devan Dubnyk, Cam Ward. Defence: Jay Bouwmeester, Duncan Keith, Marc Methot, Ryan Murray, Dion Phaneuf (C), Luke Schenn, Marc-ร‰douard Vlasic. Forwards: Jamie Benn, Alex Burrows, Jordan Eberle, Evander Kane, Andrew Ladd, Adam Mitchell, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Ryan O’Reilly, Corey Perry, Teddy Purcell, Patrick Sharp, Jeff Skinner, John Tavares.
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ Goaltenders: Reto Berra, Tobias Stephan. Defence: Goran Bezina, Severin Blindenbacher, Fรฉlicien Du Bois, Philippe Furrer, Robin Grossman, Luca Sbisa, Mark Streit (C), Patrick Von Gunten. Forwards: Andres Ambรผhl, Matthias Bieber, Damien Brunner, Denis Hollenstein, Michael Liniger, Simon Moser, Nino Niederreiter, Benjamin Plรผss, Kevin Romy, Daniel Rubin, Morris Trachsler, Roman Wick.

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ CANADA (C) vs. SWITZERLAND ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ
current champion
(since 29 Apr 2012)
Last Title
29 Apr 2012
280 All-Time Wins
39
34 wins Head-To-Head
(+ 2 ties)
4 wins
First IHLC Meeting (CAN vs. SUI)
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ CAN 33-0 SUI ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ โ€“ 30 Jan 1924 โ€“ OG โ€“ Chamonix ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท
Previous IHLC Meeting (CAN vs. SUI)
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย CAN 2-1 SUIย ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ (SO) โ€“ 29 Apr 2012 โ€“ EX โ€“ Fribourg ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ
Last IHLC Game
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย CAN 2-1 SUI ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ (SO) โ€“ 29 Apr 2012 โ€“ EX โ€“ Fribourg ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ
Next IHLC Game
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย CAN 3-2 SVK ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ โ€“ 04 May 2012 โ€“ WC โ€“ Helsinki ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ

Article Credit: Hockey Canada

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