IHLC Results – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada 5-3 Switzerland ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ – 19 Dec 2018

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canadaย 5-3ย Switzerland ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ
Exhibition Game
Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre,ย Victoria ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Maxime Comtois scored two goals and set up two others, sending Canadaโ€™s National Junior Team to a 5-3 win over Switzerland in its pre-tournament opener Wednesday ahead of the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Cody Glass added a goal and two helpers for the Canadians, who opened up a 4-1 lead midway through the second period before the Swiss clawed back to make it close.

Switzerland struck first, taking an early lead against the run of play; a bouncing puck found its way onto the stick of Philipp Kurashev in the slot, and his shot found its way under the right pad of Canadian goaltender Michael DiPietro just 5:13 in.

But Glass needed only 14 seconds to answer, roofing a backhand over the short-side shoulder of Swiss netminder Luca Hollenstein, and Owen Tippett rifled a shot from distance past the glove of Hollenstein at 11:43 to put Canada ahead for good.

Comtois, who earned assists on the Glass and Tippett markers, added a goal of his own before the end of the first period; Glass forced a turnover along the sideboards and set up Comtois, who snapped a quick shot to the far side on Hollenstein.

The Canadian power play clicked in the second period; Jack Studnicka followed up a Barrett Hayton chance in front and potted the 4-1 goal.

Switzerland made it a two-goal game less than two minutes later when Valentin Nussbaumer broke in alone and tucked a backhand around DiPietro, and Tobias Geisser hammered in a loose puck at 18:43 to pull the Swiss within one after 40 minutes.

But they would get no closer, and Comtois found the empty net in the final minute of the third period to finish his stand-out performance and clinch the win for the Canadians.

Canada is back on the ice at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre on Friday, taking on Slovakia before wrapping up its pre-tournament schedule against Finland on Sunday night in Vancouver.

The 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship begins Boxing Day with Canada opening defence of its gold medal against Denmark.

1st Period
05:13 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญย GOAL – Kurashev
05:25 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย GOAL – Glass (Comtois,ย Brook)
11:43 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย GOAL – Tippett (Comtois)
18:45 –ย ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย GOAL – Comtois (Glass)
19:25 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Hayton, interference major

2nd Period
23:07 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญย PEN – Verboon, holding
30:06 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญย PEN – Burger, hooking
31:25 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PP GOAL – Studnicka (Hayton, Glass)
33:07 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญย GOAL – Nussbaumer (Mรผller)
35:42 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Anderson-Dolan, interference
38:43 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญย GOAL – Geisser (Aebischer, Kurashev)

3rd Period
42:15 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญย PEN – Lehmann, hooking
59:32 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย EN GOAL – Comtois (Smith)

W: ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย DiPietro (14-17)
L: ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ Hollenstein (36-40)

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ 16+14+11 = 41
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ 4+7+6 = 17

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Goaltenders: Michael DiPietro, Ian Scott. Defence: Evan Bouchard, Josh Brook, Noah Dobson, Jared McIsaac, Ian Mitchell, Markus Phillips, Ty Smith. Forwards: Jaret Anderson-Dolan, Shane Bowers, Maxime Comtois, MacKenzie Entwistle, Morgan Frost, Cody Glass, Barrett Hayton, Alexis Lafreniรจre, Jack Studnicka, Nick Suzuki, Owen Tippett, Joe Veleno.
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ Goaltenders: Luca Hollenstein, Gianluca Zaetta. Defence: David Aebischer, Davyd Baradun, Tim Berni, Gianluca Burger, Tobias Geisser, Nico Gross, Janis Moser, Dario Wรผthrich.ย Forwards: Yannick Brรผschweiler, Ian Derungs, Nando Eggenberger, Philipp Kurashev, Marco Lehmann, Nicolas Mรผller, Valentin Nussbaumer, Sandro Schmid, Kyen Sopa, Ramon Tanner, Matthew Verboon, Luca Wyss.

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ CANADA (C)
current champion
(since 05 Jan 2018)
Last Title 26 Dec 2015
104 All-Time Wins
8 wins Head-To-Head
(+ 1 tie)
0 wins
First IHLC Meeting (CAN vs. SUI)
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย CAN 6-4 SUI ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ โ€“ 27 Dec 1991 โ€“ WJC โ€“ Fรผssen ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช
Previous IHLC Meeting (CAN vs. SUI)
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย CAN 6-1 SUI ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ โ€“ 03 Jan 2010 โ€“ WJC โ€“ Saskatoon ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Last IHLC Game
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย CAN 6-5 USA ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ โ€“ 04 Aug 2018 โ€“ WJS โ€“ Kamloops ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Next IHLC Game
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย CAN 6-1 SVK ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ โ€“ 21 Dec 2018 โ€“ EX โ€“ Victoria ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ

Article Credit: Hockey Canada
Photo Credit: Sportsnetย IIHFHHOFIOC



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