Fabrice Herzog’s overtime tally, his second of the game, completed a shocking comeback by Switzerland to defeat a powerful Canadian squad 3-2, ending Canada’s win streak in Paris and capturing the International Hockey Lineal Championship.
This game seemed like a lock for Canada’s offensive juggernaut within the first 6:28 of the game, as they managed to drive Swiss starter Jonas Hiller with two quick goals on only ten shots. Like their previous game, Ryan O’Reilly opened the scoring on the power play, this time banging his own rebound under the glove of Hiller in close, followed by a Mitch Marner backhand deflecting off defender Romain Loeffel’s skate and past Hiller five-hole. The largely pro-Swiss crowd was left silenced when Leonardo Genoni skated in to replace Hiller so early, trying to salvage a victory after being outshot 16-6 in the first.
But Genoni was just the spark the Eisgenossen needed, standing on his head throughout the second, stopping key chances while being outshot 13-7 on the frame. And by the third period, the offence woke up the crowd as well, with Herzog striking midway through the third on the power play, racing in from the corner, beating Canadian defender Jason Demers, and roofing a top corner goal past a stunned Calvin Pickard to halve the deficit. Vincent Praplan brought the crowd to its feet 3:07 later, blasting a slapper from the side board off Pickard’s stick and in, suddenly tying the game.
And with Team Canada seemingly still in shock by overtime, Herzog once again struck with the backhand, this time outracing both Pickard and Chris Lee to a rolling puck, going top corner to complete the comeback and clinch the upset victory. Genoni finished the game without the shutout victory, stopping all 35 shots faced in salvaging Hiller’s earlier effort, while Pickard conceded the first Canadian loss of the tournament, giving up 23 of 26 in the loss.
With the win, Switzerland captures their 19th International Hockey Lineal Championship title, already their fourth reign during the 2016-17 international calendar. In fact, the last meeting between these two was when the Swiss were dethroned of their last IHLC, in a 4-1 Canada victory at a pre-tournament tilt in Geneva. This is just Switzerland’s sixth IHLC victory in 46 games against Canada, and the first since a shootout victory at the 2013 World Championships. Switzerland will have to regroup quickly, as their next challenge awaits them in just 24 hours for the IHLC, as they are set to face off against Finland.
03:51 – PEN – Hollenstein, interference
04:22 – PP GOAL – O’Reilly (Marner, Parayko)
06:28 – GOAL – Marner (Lee, Konecny)
15:35 – PEN – Demers, interference
19:01 – PEN – Schäppi, interference
28:36 – PEN – Marner, hooking
44:54 – PEN – Matheson, delay of game
46:37 – PP GOAL – Herzog (Praplan, Richard)
49:44 – GOAL – Praplan (Hollenstein)
56:02 – PEN – Kukan, interference
57:40 – PEN – MacKinnon, slashing
63:40 – GOAL – Herzog (Ambühl)
W: Hiller (8-10), Genoni (35-35)
L: Pickard (23-26)
SHOTS ON GOAL
6+7+12+1 = 26
16+13+13+3 = 45
Goaltenders: Leonardo Genoni, Jonas Hiller. Defence: Raphael Díaz (C), Philippe Furrer, Joël Genazzi, Dean Kukan, Romain Loeffel, Christian Marti, Ramon Untersander. Forwards: Cody Almond, Andres Ambühl (A), Simon Bodenmann, Damien Brunner, Gaëtan Haas, Fabrice Herzog, Denis Hollenstein (A), Vincent Praplan, Tanner Richard, Thomas Rüfenacht, Reto Schäppi, Reto Suri, Pius Suter.
Goaltenders: Chad Johnson, Calvin Pickard. Defence: Calvin de Haan, Jason Demers, Chris Lee, Michael Matheson, Josh Morrissey, Colton Parayko, Marc-Édouard Vlasic (A). Forwards: Sean Couturier, Matt Duchene (A), Claude Giroux (C), Alex Killorn, Travis Konecny, Ryan O’Reilly, Nathan MacKinnon, Mitchell Marner, Brayden Point, Mark Scheifele, Brayden Schenn, Wayne Simmonds, Jeff Skinner.