2 the magic number in Hüttwil

By Joeri Loonen

Each team faces each other twice in this 6 day tournament. On day 1 the Swiss youngsters faced their Slovak counterparts. In front of about 350 spectators coach Kölliker’s men dominated the first two periods Switzerland but only managed a 2-2 (1-2; 1-0; 0-0) draw from this game. Bad finishing in front of the net was the main culprit. Both Swiss goals were scored by Phoenix Coyotes’ prospect Beat Forster.

The HC Davos defenseman is clearly one of the veterans and leaders on the ice and found himself on the scoresheet again in game 2 vs Slovakia. Again the game between the two countries finished in a 2-2 tie (0-1; 1-1; 1-0). The other Swiss goal came from HC Lugano forward Grégory Christen.

Yesterday Slovakia played its third game in a row facing their rivals from the Czech Republic. Once more the game ended 2-all, so that leaves each team winless so far halfway the tournament. Today the two former Czechoslovakian countries face again after which Switzerland and Czech Republic face each other on Saturday and Sunday to finalize this tournament.

The Team Switzerland U20 Roster

Daniel Manzato (Tigres de Victoriaville, QMJHL – drafted by Carolina Hurricanes)
Tobias Stephan (Kloten Flyers – drafted by Dallas Stars)
Thomas Bäumle (HC Sierre)

Lukas Baumgartner (Kloten Flyers)
Florian Blatter (HC Davos)
Beat Forster (HC Davos – drafted by Phoenix Coyotes)
Manuel Gossweiler (GCK Lions)
Andreas Furrer (GCK Lions)
Jürg Dällenbach (SCL TIGERS)
Felicien Du Bois (Ambri-Piotta)
Alan Tallarini (Ambri-Piotta)

Andres Ambühl (HC Davos)
Patrik Bärtschi (Kloten Flyers – drafted by Pittsburgh Penguins)
Cyrill Bühler (Kloten Flyers)
Romano Lemm (Kloten Flyers)
Emanuel Peter (Kloten Flyers – drafted by Calgry Flames)
Grégory Christen (HC Lugano)
Raffaele Sannitz (HC Lugano – drafted by Columbus Blue Jackets)
Florian Conz (HC Ajoie)
Roland Gerber (SCL TIGERS)
Kevin Gloor (EHC Olten)
Lukas Grauwiler (GCK Lions)
Kevin Romy (Genève-Servette)
The injured Severin Blindenbacher (defense and drafted by Phoenix Coyotes) and Tim Ramholt were replaced by Florian Blatter and Manuel Gossweiler.