IHLC Results โ€“ ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada 6-3 Switzerland ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ โ€“ 17 Aug 2022


๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada 6-3 Switzerland ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ
World Junior Championship Quarterfinal
Rogers Place, Edmonton ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Wednesday, 17 August 2022

Propelled by a four-goal first period, Canada defeated Switzerland 6-3 in Thursday’s marquee quarter-final in front of a happy Rogers Place crowd. Coach Dave Cameron’s team will face either the Finns or the Czechs in the semi-finals on Friday.

Versus coach Marco Bayer’s Swiss squad, the powerful Canadians generally lived up to their advance billing, apart from allowing more goals than they’d like. After settling for the Silver medal in 2021, they’re now two wins away from a record-setting 19th World Junior Gold medal. But there’s still lots of work left to do.

Logan Stankoven and Tyson Foerster led the way for Canada with two goals and an assist apiece. Jack Thompson, Nathan Gaucher and Will Cuylle also scored for Canada, while Ronan Seeley chipped in a pair of helpers. Captain Mason McTavish increased his tournament scoring lead (7+7=14) with an assist.

“We werenโ€™t as sharp as we were against Finland,” Gaucher said. “But we got the win and weโ€™re headed to the semi-final. Maybe because it was our fifth game, Iโ€™m not sure, but we played a great game when we had to and got the goals when we needed it.”

For Switzerland, Attilio Biasca delivered two goals, and captain Simon Knak also scored.

Canada outshot Switzerland 41-26. Swiss starting goalie Noah Patenaude was yanked late in the first period in favour of Kevin Pasche after allowing four goals on nine shots. Dylan Garand went the distance between the Canadian pipes for his fourth win.

“We played really well,” Knak said. “We showed we can compete with those guys. Theyโ€™re such a good offensive team, but our offence played well also. Pasche was really good in the goal, and we were always in the game.”

Just 1:07 in, Foerster got the Canadian party started. Taking a pass from Seeley, Stankoven came in over the offensive blue line, and, although surrounded by three defenders, found the Barrie Colts ace in the right faceoff circle. He zinged it home high on the glove side.

“Iโ€™m pretty sure Stank threw it over to me and I had an open net,” Foerster said. “I just put it right in the middle.”

The plucky Swiss answered right back at 2:21, as Knak smartly tipped Brian Zanettiโ€™s point shot past a surprised Garand.

Switzerland settled into a hopeful groove for a while after the equalizer, denying Canada opportunities with staunch defensive work. On a mid-period neutral zone turnover, Joshua Fahrni burst in to test Garand from the left faceoff dot with a quick release. And when Stankoven got in behind the Swiss defence about a minute later, he shot high and wide.

Applying pressure in the Swiss zone, Canada caught a couple of breaks on its 2-1 marker at 12:31. First, Swiss forward Mats Alge was hobbled after blocking a big Jack Thompson drive from the line. Second, when Seeley put the puck off defenceman Maximilan Streule’s skate, it deflected right to Thompson, who fired it into the open side as Patenaude lunged across in vain.

The intensity picked up, and Canadian blueliner Ethan Del Mastro drew the ire of the Swiss with a couple of big bodychecks.

At 14:32, Stankoven pounced on a Nick Meile giveaway at the Swiss blue line. The 2022 CHL Player of the Year with the Kamloops Blazers snapped a shot that hit the intersection of the cross bar and post, and he followed up to backhand the rebound in.

Gaucher made it 4-1 at 17:01. Patenaude lost track of Desnoyersโ€™ initial shot, which nearly slipped through his pads, and the Canadian fourth-liner followed up to convert the rebound.

The Swiss got a little positive spark with 0:08 remaining in the period. Fahrni grabbed the puck on the forecheck behind the Canadian goal line and flung it out front to Biasca, who went top shelf on Garand to cut the deficit to 4-2.

That scoring play reflected the fighting spirit Biasca expressed in a pre-game interview with hockeyfans.ch: “Everybody is beatable in hockey. Nobody believes that we even have a chance. But the team knows that we have it and that we will seize it.”

Alas, Canada’s firepower ensured there’d be no dazzling Swiss comeback this evening.

At 4:20, Cuylle stretched the lead to 5-2. Olen Zellweger found him cruising into the left faceoff circle, and he beat Pasche on the short side.

Biasca’s battle level remained high. He gobbled up a turnover in the Canadian zone and whipped the puck past Garand’s blocker to make it 5-3 with his team-leading fourth goal of these World Juniors at 7:51.

“The pressure wasnโ€™t on us,” Knak emphasized. “We could play freely, which was a good thing. We took that as motivation because nobody thought we had any chance.”

Canada just kept plugging away, despite not adding to its lead. In the third period, Connor Bedard nearly got on the board when McTavish set up him alone in front, but even though the puck squeezed through Pasche’s pads, Despont was there at the goal line to help keep it out, and the goalie smothered it.

Pasche came out for the sixth attacker in the dying minutes, enabling Stankoven to add an empty-netter at 18:51.

Zellweger praised Stankoven: “He played great. It was great to see him score. He was awesome, a well deserved player-of-the-game honour, for sure. Heโ€™s got super quick feet and hands, and heโ€™s a really smart player. He meshes well on that line with Foerster and (Kent) Johnson.”

Gaucher added: “We donโ€™t know who weโ€™re playing yet, so weโ€™ll start preparing when we know that. But whoever it is, weโ€™ll be ready Friday. Weโ€™re going for a Gold medal.”

Canada’s Ridly Greig, who has impressed offensively so far in Edmonton (3+3=6), had to leave the game in the first period after taking a hit from Vincent Despont. His status for the semi-finals is unconfirmed.

Canada’s perfect record against Switzerland at the World Juniors now sits at 25-0. While Swiss hockey has come a long way with exploits like the 2013 and 2018 Silver medals at the men’s Worlds, a U20 win someday will be a major stepping stone for the Central European nation.


BOXSCORE
1st Period
01:07 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ GOAL – Foerster (Stankoven, Seeley)

02:21 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ GOAL – Knak (Zanetti, Despont)
12:31 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ GOAL – Thompson (Seeley, McTavish)
14:32 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ GOAL – Stankoven
17:01 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ GOAL – Gaucher (Desnoyers, O’Rourke)
19:51 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ GOAL – Biasca (Fahrni, Taibel)

2nd Period
24:20 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ GOAL – Cuylle (Zellweger, Foerster)
27:51 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ GOAL – Biasca
32:33 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ PEN – Gaucher, high sticking
35:23 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ PEN – team, too many players

3rd Period
47:12 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ PEN – Othmann, roughing
47:12 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ PEN – Despont, roughing
58:51 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ EN GOAL – Stankoven (Johnson, Foerster)

GOALTENDERS
W: ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Garand (23-26)
L:ย ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ Patenaude (5-9), Pasche (30-31)

SHOTS ON GOAL
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ 13+13+15 = 41
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญย 10+7+9 = 26

ROSTERS
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Goaltenders: Sebastian Cossa, Dylan Garand. Defence: Lukas Cormier, Ethan Del Mastro, Ryan O’Rourke, Donovan Sebrango (A), Ronan Seeley, Jack Thompson, Olen Zellweger. Forwards: Connor Bedard, Will Cuylle, Elliot Desnoyers, William Dufour, Tyson Foerster, Nathan Gaucher, Ridly Greig, Kent Johnson (A), Mason McTavish (C), Zack Ostapchuk, Brennan Othmann, Joshua Roy, Logan Stankoven.
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ Goaltenders: Kevin Pasche, Noah Patenaude. Defence: Giancarlo Chanton, Noah Delรฉmont, Vincent Despont, Rodwin Dionicio, Nick Meile, Dario Sidler (A), Maximilian Streule, Brian Zanetti. Forwards: Mats Alge, Dario Allenspach, Nicolas Baechler, Attilio Biasca (A), Joshua Fahrni, Lilian Garessus, Joel Henry, Simon Knak (C), Tim Muggli, Kevin Nicolet, Fabian Ritzmann, Jonas Taibel.

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ CANADA (C) vs. SWITZERLAND ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ
current champion
(since 15 Aug 2022)
Last Title 04 Jan 2019
117 All-Time Wins
10
10 wins Head-To-Head
(+ 1 tie)
0 wins
First IHLC Meeting (CAN vs. SUI)
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย CAN 6-4 SUIย ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญย โ€“ 27 Dec 1991 โ€“ WJC โ€“ Fรผssenย ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช
Previous IHLC Meeting (CAN vs. SUI)
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย CAN 10-0 SUIย ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญย โ€“ 29 Dec 2020 โ€“ WJC โ€“ Edmontonย ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Last IHLC Game
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย CAN 6-3 FINย ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎโ€“ 15 Aug 2022 โ€“ WJC โ€“ Edmontonย ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Next IHLC Game
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย CAN 5-2 CZEย ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟย โ€“ 19 Aug 2022 โ€“ WJC โ€“ Edmontonย ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ

Article Credit: 2022ย World Junior Championship
Photo Credit: 2022ย World Junior ChampionshipIIHFHHOFIOC

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