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Canada, still buzzing from their 14-0 shellacking of Denmark Wednesday night, faced a determined Swiss team Thursday in Vancouver and barely won by the score of 3-2. They were looking for their first-ever win over Canada in 22 games since 1979.
Canada escaped the first period of Game 2 with a 1-0 lead. Switzerland may not be as good as the big six: Sweden, Finland, Russia, Czech Republic, the US and Canada, but they play a more disciplined and aggressive game compared to the bottom teams like Kazakhstan and Denmark. They are on the same level as Slovakia. That just means that instead of losing by double digits the matches are closer – one day, they may be a serious contender.
Canada wasted no time in scoring against the Swiss when Cody Glass buried the puck at 36 seconds. It appeared that it would be another route. The goal was set up by Nick Suzuki and Maxime Comtois, who dug the puck out from behind the net to start the play. However, the Swiss collected themselves and returned the favour on the man advantage during the second period.
Glass has played all four of his Western Hockey League seasons with the Portland Winterhawks. The 19-year-old Winnipeg native has 54 points in 26 games played so far this season. He picked up 196 points the two previous seasons in 133 games. Glass was drafted by the Vegas Golden Knights sixth overall in the 2017 Entry Draft.
At 19:07 of the first, Jaret Anderson-Dolan was penalized two minutes for Roughing. In the overlapping minute of powerplay that went into the second period, Philipp Kurashev scored on the man-advantage from Nicolas Muller and Nando Eggenberger.
The Canadians scored two more during the period to take a 3-1 lead. MacKenzie Entwistle and Noah Dobson both scored – Dobson was one of just a couple of players not to record a point against Denmark. Dobson, expected to be traded any time has played this three seasons with the Acadia-Bathurst Titan of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. The 18-year-old Summerside, PEI native scored 69 points in 67 games last year and has just 16 in 28 games so far this season. He was drafted 12th overall by the New York Islanders during the 2018 Entry Draft.
Canada was coming on in the latter half of the second.
Switzerland gave all they had to Canada during the third period, but goaltender Ian Scott wasn’t letting anything by.
While killing off a penalty to Nick Suzuki for Tripping, one of the Canadian defenders lost his stick, then two different players swapped sticks in the slot, which led to some confusion, with Scott caught on the right side of his crease, Philip Kurashev was fed a pass by Muller – Kurashev buried the puck short side on a lunging Scott.
The Swiss almost scored again during the final 50 seconds, with 4-on-4 hockey and goaltender Akira Schmid pulled in favour of the extra attacker, but to no avail.
Shots were 32-17 for Canada.
Elsewhere during the tournament on Thursday, Denmark bounced back with a much better performance against Russia, but still lost 4-0 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver. The Swedes went 2-and-0 to start the tournament taking the Slovaks 5-2 in Victoria at Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre.
Canada next plays on Saturday when they take on the Czech Republic at Rogers Arena at 5:00 pm PST.