Canada U18 wins a tough one against Switzerland
We must believe that Switzerland is not a country that you can afford to take lightly anymore. Their team has not only never looked so good at the international level in senior hockey, but it also pushed the Canadian U-18 team to the limit, eventually losing in a shootout .
Two quick goals late in the first
For the first time in the tournament, Canada will not open the scoring in the first five minutes, and for the first time, the team with the Maple Leaf conceded the first goal to its opponent.
Simon Kindschi got a puck behind Julio Billia at 17:17. Billia could not do much on this one, and the assists went to Cedric Mauer and Julien Privet. But Canada answered quickly as Brayden Point scored, assisted by Spencer Watson, his fourth point of the tournament. The first period ends with a 1-1 tie.
Three goals in the second period
Sam Bennett gives the first lead to Canada at 7:46 with the help of Rourke Chartier, his first point of the tournament. The Swiss strikes back with an unassisted goal by Kevin Fiala.
It was then that the likely first round pick in the 2014 NHL draft and team Canada captain, Aaron Ekblad, scored his first goal of the tournament at 17:48. It is also his fourth point. He he had picked up three points against the Czech Republic. The lone assist on Ekblad’s goal went to Joe Hicketts.
The second period ends, and Canada is ahead 3-2.
Switzerland equalized in the third period
Simon Kindschi scored his second goal of the game at 4:28, a 4-on-4 goal while Denis Malgin of Switzerland and Brayden Point of Canada are in the box for roughing. Both penalties occurred at the same time.
This is the only offensive event in the period, which was marked by six minor penalty calls, three on each side. Daniel Audette of the Sherbrooke Phoenix among others was penalized for interference. The teams headed to overtime with a 3-3 tie.
Overtime without a winner, then shootouts
No penalties and no goals occurred within the five minutes of overtime, so we were headed to a shootout. Canada converts on its two chances (from Spencer Watson and Brayden Point), while Switzerland failed to score.
The match ends 4-3 in a shootout.
– Both Sherbrooke Phoenix players were kept off the score sheet. Daniel Audette collected two penalty minutes in the third period.
– Canada failed to score on three occasions on the powerplay, while they killed all five of their penalties.
– With the first position Canada got in group, their next game is Friday against Russia in the semifinals. Julio Billia be the starter Canada.