After a three day break, Switzerland continued their onslaught at the 2013 World Championships, this time dispatching Denmark to win their fifth straight to open the tournament, and retaining the International Hockey Lineal Championship.
While relatively evenly matched in terms of offensive output and shots through forty minutes, Switzerland capitalized on a number of Danish penalties to move ahead early in the game, with Luca Cunti opening the scoring, left alone in front of the Danish goal to pounce on a Simon Bodenmann rebound to knock it past Patrick Galbraith. A sharp performance from Reto Berra, and more penalties to the Lions would spell trouble for Denmark, as a Ryan Gardner tip on a Patrick von Gunten blast from the point on the power play made things 2-0 midway through two.
Denmark was quick to strike back, with Nicklas Jensen banging in his own rebound on a wraparound past Berra to cut the deficit after two. And despite being outshot 15-8 in the third, the Swiss continued their attack on Galbraith and the Danish defence, pulling ahead 3-1 on a Reto Suri blast through a Galbraith screen. And with only six minutes to go, the Swiss struck for the third time on the power play, this time with Nino Niederreiter putting a shot on the side of the goal through a crowd, and Galbraith’s skate actually knocking it behind him and into the goal, making it 4-1 for the Eisgenossen.
With the win, Switzerland retains the International Hockey Lineal Championship winning its eighth straight IHLC game since winning from Finland in April, and its fifth straight at the World Championships. Their eighth straight victory breaks the Swiss all-time IHLC longest streak record, which was previously seven straight in January-February 1948. Switzerland, in its 15th IHLC reign, last faced Denmark for the IHLC at the Arosa Challenge in December 2010, ending Denmark’s first-ever IHLC reign with a 3-0 win. Switzerland will face Norway next in Group S play for the IHLC.
01:34 – PEN – Storm, interference
01:55 – PP GOAL – Cunti (Bodenmann, Hollenstein)
10:15 – PEN – Niederreiter, slashing
14:34 – PEN – Suri, high sticking
18:35 – PEN – Larsen, tripping
29:19 – PEN – Poulsen, tripping
31:02 – PP GOAL – Gardner (von Gunten, Josi)
33:54 – GOAL – N. Jensen (Lassen)
43:47 – GOAL – Suri (Josi, Ambühl)
52:34 – PEN – Green, holding
54:34 – PP GOAL – Niederreiter (Vauclair, Seger)
56:36 – PEN – Seger, hooking
W: Berra (32-33)
L: Galbraith (23-27)
SHOTS ON GOAL
6+13+8 = 27
6+12+15 = 33
Goaltenders: Reto Berra, Martin Gerber. Defence: Severin Blindenbacher, Eric Blum, Philippe Furrer, Robin Grossman, Roman Josi, Mathias Seger (C), Julien Vauclair (A), Patrick von Gunten. Forwards: Andres Ambühl, Matthias Bieber, Simon Bodenmann, Luca Cunti, Ryan Gardner, Denis Hollenstein, Simon Moser, Nino Niederreiter, Martin Plüss (A), Reto Suri, Morris Trachsler, Julian Walker.
Goaltenders: Patrick Galbraith, Simon Nielsen. Defence: Mads Bødker, Jesper B. Jensen, Philip Larsen, Stefan Lassen (A), Markus Lauridsen, Oliver Lauridsen, Rasmus Nielsen. Forwards: Patrick Bjorkstrand, Mikkel Bødker, Thor Dresler, Morten Green (C), Nichlas Hardt, Julian Jakobsen, Jesper Jensen, Nicklas Jensen, Morten Madsen (A), Morten Poulsen, Kim Staal, Kirill Starkov, Frederik Storm.