Switzerland was able to hold off a furious German comeback to defeat their cross-border rivals in a 3-2 shootout victory, to sweep their 2-game exhibition series and retain the International Hockey Lineal Championship.
While the first period was a low-offense affair, it was a pair of goals from Swiss snipers Reto Suri and Dario Bürgler that put the Eisgenossen up by a deuce in just a 2:51 span. While the game seemed to be in hand for the Swiss, holding Germany to just 3 shots in the second period and stopping a Marcel Müller penalty shot, the Träger der Adler roared back in the final seven minutes of regulation, with goals from Frank Mauer and a late tying goal from captain Michael Wolf sending the game to overtime.
Alas, the shootout would stop the momentum of the German squad, with Swiss keeper Martin Gerber turning away all three shooters. And while German goalie Danny aus den Birken turned away his first two shooters, it was Suri again, the overtime hero from yesterday, ending this game again with the shootout strike to turn out the 3-2 victory for Switzerland.
With the win, Switzerland retains their 15th International Hockey Lineal Championship, which they won from Finland in a shootout win just over a week ago, and retained yesterday in a 2-1 overtime win over Germany, the last IHLC meeting between the two. Switzerland will now carry the IHLC into the World Championships next month in Sweden, where they open the tournament against the hosts on May 3.
09:09 – PEN – Ullmann, holding
15:10 – PEN – Suri, hooking
27:09 – GOAL – Suri (Vauclair, Ambühl)
29:22 – PEN – Tripp, delay of game
30:00 – PP GOAL – Bürgler (Ambühl, Vauclair)
31:04 – PEN SHOT – Müller missed
33:44 – PEN – Ankert, boarding
45:40 – PEN – Moser, slashing
51:42 – PEN SHOT – Plachta missed
53:47 – GOAL – Mauer (Ankert)
58:25 – GOAL – Wolf (Ullmann, Gogulla)
W: Gerber (14-16)
L: aus den Birken (21-24)
SHOTS ON GOAL
5+8+10+0+1 = 24
5+3+7+1+0 = 16
Goaltenders: Martin Gerber, Tobias Stephan. Defence: Severin Blindenbacher, Eric-Ray Blum, Philippe Furrer, Robin Grossmann, Timo Helbling, Tim Ramholt, Mathias Seger (C), Julien Vauclair. Forwards: Andres Ambühl, Matthias Bieber, Simon Bodenmann, Dario Bürgler, Luca Cunti, Denis Hollenstein, Thibaut Monnet, Simon Moser, Martin Plüss, Ivo Rüthemann, Victor Stancescu, Reto Suri, Julian Walker.
Goaltenders: Danny aus den Birken, Denis Endras. Defence: Torsten Ankert, Nikolai Goc, Thomas Greilinger, Patrick Köppchen, Peter Lindlbauer, Moritz Müller, Marcel Noebels, Benedikt Schopper. Forwards: Patrick Hager, Philip Gogulla, Marcus Kink, Frank Mauer, Marcel Müller, Daniel Pietta, Matthias Plachta, Felix Schütz, Yannic Seidenberg, John Tripp, Christoph Ullmann, Michael Wolf (C).