In what started off as a fairly tightly-played contest, Team Switzerland watched Sweden pull away in the final two periods to take an 8-1 win from the Swiss on Day 5 of the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship.
The good news for the Swiss is that points earned in their first two games of the tournament helped them avoid the relegation slot in Group A. Latvia has wrapped up their preliminary round with one less point than Switzerland, so the Latvians will face Denmark in the battle to avoid demotion to D1A.
Forward Nando Eggenberger (HC Davos – SUI) scored the lone goal for Switzerland in the loss to Sweden, with Eggenberger skating in on the right side and beating Swedish goaltender Filip Gustavsson to give the Swiss a 1-0 lead. Alexander Nylander (Mississauga – OHL) erased that lead six minutes later with a goal that was the first of his six points on the day.
The team captain for Switzerland at this U18 is defenseman Livio Stadler. Stadler is no stranger to wearing the ‘C’ or an ‘A’ in international play, having done so at tournaments over the past three seasons. Stadler competed for EV Zug at both the National League A and U20 levels in 2015-16, spending the majority of his time with the U20 club.
Stadler spoke with Hockey’s Future after the loss to Sweden, with that conversation included in this HF video.
Highlights from the Switzerland-Sweden match can be viewed below.
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