In the final World Championships tune-up for both teams, Canada doubled up on Switzerland, handily winning 4-2 to retain the International Hockey Lineal Championship that they will carry into Helsinki.
Unlike their meeting two days earlier, a low-scoring affair that only alighted in the final five minutes of regulation, Canada started the scoring early, with New York Islander sniper John Tavares beating Tobias Stephan just over three minutes into the first period. While Andrew Ladd would extend the lead midway through the second, a quick pair of goals from Roman Wick and Simon Moser suddenly evened things up at 2-2 with five and a half minutes to go.
However, swinging the momentum back in their favour, Chicago Blackhawk Patrick Sharp would retake the lead with the go-ahead goal just 65 seconds after the tying goal, and from there Canada tightened their grip, sealing the victory on a late Jeff Skinner power play goal for the 4-2 win. Canadian netminder Cam Ward stopped 29 of 31 for the win, while Stephan went 20 for 24.
With the victory, Canada retains the International Hockey Lineal Championship, their 57th, which they won two days prior from Switzerland in a 2-1 shootout victory. This game also served as the last IHLC meeting between the two, who now both move on to the World Championships, co-hosted by Sweden and Finland. Canada will open their Worlds against Slovakia, with the game serving doubly as an IHLC title defense.
03:24 – GOAL – Tavares (Skinner, Sharp)
08:02 – PEN – Romy, hooking
17:59 – PEN – Methot, high sticking
30:49 – GOAL – Ladd (Kane)
31:29 – PEN – Tavares, holding
32:34 – PP GOAL – Wick (Ambühl, Bezina)
34:19 – PEN – Perry, tripping
34:37 – PP GOAL – Moser (Brunner, Bezina)
35:42 – GOAL – Sharp (Tavares, Methot)
36:13 – PEN – Plüss, hooking
54:34 – PEN – Ladd, hooking
58:05 – PEN – Ambühl, slashing
59:47 – PP GOAL – Skinner (Sharp)
W: Ward (29-31)
L: Stephan (20-24)
Goaltenders: Devan Dubnyk, Cam Ward. Defence: Jay Bouwmeester, Duncan Keith, Marc Methot, Ryan Murray, Dion Phaneuf (C), Luke Schenn, Marc-Édouard 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.
Goaltenders: Reto Berra, Tobias Stephan. Defence: Goran Bezina, Severin Blindenbacher, Félicien Du Bois, Philippe Furrer, Robin Grossman, Luca Sbisa, Mark Streit (C), Patrick Von Gunten. Forwards: Andres Ambühl, Matthias Bieber, Damien Brunner, Denis Hollenstein, Michael Liniger, Simon Moser, Nino Niederreiter, Benny Plüss, Kevin Romy, Daniel Rubin, Morris Trachsler, Roman Wick.