Slovakia capped off a perfect tournament at Curt-Frenzel-Stadion with a 4-1 thumping of Switzerland, guaranteeing them both the 2016 Deutschland Cup as well as retaining the International Hockey Lineal Championship for at least another month.
Despite being outshot 20-10 through the first two periods, Slovakian netminder Jan Laco was sensational in net, as Slovakia not only had no power plays to capitalize on, but had to kill off three penalties through the first two periods, even getting the only goal of the first 40 minutes on a shorthanded effort by Lukáš Cingel. And despite Lino Martschini tying things up early in the second period, a pair of later goals by Michal Čajkovský and Marcel Haščák, combined with Laco’s outstanding play, stood to be too much for the Eisgenossen, who gave up an empty netter to Haščák to give Slovakia the 4-1 victory to finish a perfect 3-0 in Augsburg.
With the win, Slovakia retains the International Hockey Lineal Championship, their 11th overall title, which they won from Canada just a day earlier, marking their first title since 2012. This marks just the third all-time IHLC meeting between these nations, with Slovakia taking a 2-1 lead by virtue of the victory, their second straight following a narrow 1-0 win at the 2012 World Championships. Although the IHLC was guaranteed before the game to travel to the Swiss Challenge in December, as both Switzerland and Slovakia are participating, Slovakia’s win now guarantees their next defense as being on December 16 versus Belarus in Biel, Switzerland.
13:51 – PEN – Dravecký, tripping
15:17 – SH GOAL – Cingel (Gernát)
30:24 – PEN – Čajkovský, tripping
34:29 – PEN – Gernát, holding
41:59 – GOAL – Martschini
43:50 – GOAL – Čajkovský (Kudrna)
44:53 – PEN – Corvi, tripping
46:35 – PEN – Wick, boarding
50:46 – GOAL – Haščák (Cingel)
52:36 – PEN – Martschini, slashing
56:32 – PEN – Praplan, slashing
58:58 – EN GOAL – Haščák (Gernát)
W: Laco (23-24)
L: Stephan (20-23)
SHOTS ON GOAL
5+5+13 = 23
11+9+4 = 24
Goaltenders: Jaroslav Janus, Ján Laco. Defence: Michal Čajkovský (A), Peter Čerešňák, Martin Gernát, Adam Jánošík, Juraj Mikuš, Eduard Šedivý, Peter Trška. Forwards: Dalibor Bortňák, Matej Češík, Lukáš Cingel, Vladimír Dravecký (C), Marcel Haščák, Tomáš Hrnka, Andrej Kudrna, Radoslav Macík, Tomáš Matoušek, Bruno Mráz, Dávid Skokan (A), Jakub Suja.
Goaltenders: Robert Mayer, Tobias Stephan. Defence: Raphael Díaz (A), Patrick Geering (A), Joël Genazzi, Robin Grossmann, Romain Loeffel, Dominik Schlumpf, Noah Schneeberger. Forwards: Andres Ambühl (C), Enzo Corvi, Etienne Froidevaux, Gaëtan Haas, Yannick Herren, Gregory Hofmann, Mauro Jörg, Lino Martschini, Vincent Praplan, Noah Rod, Dario Simion, Jeremy Wick.