Canada shut out Switzerland to open their 2016 Deutschland Cup on a winning note, riding goalie Danny Taylor and a pair of power play goals from defenders Mat Robisnon and Geoff Kinrade en route to a 3-0 victory to retain the International Hockey Lineal Championship.
As noted, it was Canada’s power play that propelled them to victory, converting two of three man advantages into goals. Robinson struck on a Derek Roy feed midway through the first period, while Kinrade struck on a Robinson assist early in the second to take an early 2-0 lead. Despite four consecutive penalties to Canada in the back half of the second period, Taylor remained sharp in net and refused to waver, and despite the Swiss outshooting Canada 20-19 on the game, Canada held on for the victory, sealing the win with a late Roy empty net goal.
With the win, Canada retains their 62nd and current International Hockey Lineal Championship, which they won from Team USA prior to September’s World Cup, and held for six straight wins, including their last victory, a 5-1 pre-tournament win over Hungary. This marks the 44th all-time IHLC meeting between Canada and Switzerland, of which Canada leads the series 37-5-2, and marks Switzerland’s third straight loss to Canada, and the first since the 2015 World Championships, where they dropped a 7-2 loss in Prague. Canada will now face Slovakia tomorrow, looking to improve to 2-0 at the Deutschland Cup and retain the IHLC as well.
11:39 – PEN – Haas, hooking
12:13 – PP GOAL – Robinson (Roy, Kozun)
23:29 – PEN – Schneeberger, high sticking
24:52 – PP GOAL – Kinrade (Robinson, Kozun)
31:45 – PEN – Ellison, slashing
33:18 – PEN – Lee, interference
37:01 – PEN – team, bench penalty
39:28 – PEN – Hamilton, high sticking
45:23 – PEN – Schäppi, tripping
58:54 – EN GOAL – Roy (Talbot)
W: Taylor (20-20)
L: Stephan (16-18)
SHOTS ON GOAL
6+7+6 = 19
5+8+7 = 20
Goaltenders: Barry Brust, Danny Taylor. Defence: Jesse Blacker, Chay Genoway, Geoff Kinrade, Chris Lee, Jonathan Matsumoto, Patrick McNeill, Mat Robinson, Jonathan Sigalet. Forwards: Brandon Buck, Kevin Clark, Matt Ellison, Andrew Gordon, Curtis Hamilton, Bud Holloway, Brandon Kozun, Derek Roy (A), Greg Scott, Paul Szczechura (A), Maxime Talbot (C).
Goaltenders: Robert Mayer, Tobias Stephan. Defence: Eric Blum (A), Raphael Díaz (A), Patrick Geering, Joël Genazzi, Romain Loeffel, Yannick Rathgeb, Noah Schneeberger. Forwards: Andres Ambühl (C), Etienne Froidevaux, Gaëtan Haas, Yannick Herren, Grégory Hofmann, Lino Martschini, Vincent Praplan, Noah Rod, Reto Schäppi, Tristan Scherwey, Julian Walker, Jeremy Wick.