Recaps & Stats of all Swiss Games in WJC

By Christian Steven Schaub

Game 1 – SWEDEN BASH LOUSY SWISS

RECAP

Switzerland got of to a good start in front of the home crowd. Sweden got an early opening goal through power play by Jungbeck, but the hosts reacted quickly! Monnet notched the first Swiss goal in these championships just 2 minutes later. From then on the home team was closer to the lead than their Nordic opponents.

But Martin Samuelsson had something against these annoying Swiss and recorded a shorthander at beginning of the 2nd. The game turned to Swedens favour and the Swiss started to make everything wrong one possibly can: defenders didn’t move up, forwards forgot to backcheck, bad passing, orientation problems in own slot or just pure lack of concentration! Two quick goals in the 6th minute sealed their fate and gave Sweden a comfortable win!

Luckily the Swiss will face the inferior Ukrainians (18-1 loss against Russia in opener) tomorrow. Hopefully it will bring back the spirit and put the team back on track.

BOXSCORE


SWITZERLAND 2 - SWEDEN 8
Kloten, 14.04.2000

1st2nd3rdTOTAL
Switzerland1012
Sweden1528

First Period:

Scoring: 1, SWE, A Jungbeck (power play) (M Hedlund, P Andersson), 1:00. 2, SUI, T Monnet (S Helfenstein), 2:48.


Penalties: J Dällenbach, SUI (interference), 0:03; T Eriksson, SWE (high sticking), 8:14; P Helmersson, SWE (tripping), 16:36; T Nüssli, SUI (interference), 18:15.

Second Period:

Scoring: 3, SWE, M Samuelsson (short-handed) (T Eriksson), 1:24. 4, SWE, T Eriksson (M Irani, P Helmersson), 5:18. 5, SWE, P Öberg (D Widing), 5:55. 6, SWE, A Jungbeck (J Nordqvist, P Andersson), 10:26. 7, SWE, J Karlsson (P Andersson), 17:57.

Penalties: J Lundqvist, SWE (tripping), 0:56; A Jungbeck, SWE (roughing), 14:34; C Metrailler, SUI (roughing), 14:34; Team SUI (too many men), 15:53; R Back, SUI (holding), 18:15.

Third Period:

Scoring: 8, SWE, J Karlsson (M Samuelsson), 10:41. 9, SWE, P Petterstrom (J Nordqvist), 16:42. 10, SUI, R Hildebrand (C Metrailler, P Landolt), 19:50.

Penalties: T Nüssli, SUI (high sticking), 5:41; B Forster, SUI (holding), 13:11.


SHOTS ON GOAL
1st2nd3rdTOTAL
Switzerland1116835
Sweden9181037

Power-play Conversions: SUI – 0 of 3, SWE – 1 of 6.

Goalies:

SUI, M Wegmüller (37 shots, 29 saves; record: 0-1-0). SWE, H Lundqvist (35, 33; record: 1-0-0).

Attendance: 2,123.

INDIVIDUAL PLAYER STATISTICS


SwitzerlandSweden
G A PIMG A PIM

Back0 02Andersson0 30
Bärtschi0 00Eneqvist0 00
Blindenbacher0 00Eriksson1 12
Camenzind0 00Hägglund0 00
Camichel0 00Hedlund0 10
Dällenbach0 02Helmersson0 12
Forster0 02Hermansson0 00
Fröhlicher0 00Irani0 10
Gautschi0 00Jonsson0 00
Gerber0 00Jungbeck2 02
Helfenstein0 10Karlsson2 00
Hildebrand1 00J Lundqvist0 02
Landolt0 10Nilsson0 00
Métrailler0 12Nordqvist0 20
Monnet1 00Öberg1 00
Nüssli0 04Petterstrom1 00
Savary0 00Samuelsson1 10
Sutter0 00Sundqvist0 00
Turler0 00Wästlund0 00
Vogler0 00Widing0 10

Game 2 – SWISS BLAST UKRAINE, GET SWEDEN OUT OF THEIR HEADS

RECAP

Switzerland needed some soothing after losing their World Championship opener against Sweden by 8-2. And Ukraine was the right opponent get the disappointment out of their heads.

The Swiss dominated their Ukrainian counterparts from the beginning. No pressure in the slot in front of poor Chernenko and elementary individual mistakes made scoring easy for the Swiss team. Helfenstein’s short-handed goal reflects as good example: the Ukrainian defender Borienko fell without pressure in front of the net and the Swiss no. 27 would have had time to take drink before he netted it!

But not everything was sunshine: Swiss left wing Paul Savary left the game with a shoulder injury and will miss the remainder of the tournament.

BOXSCORE


SWITZERLAND 10 - UKRAINE 1
Kloten, 15.04.2000

1st2nd3rdTOTAL
Switzerland44210
Ukraine0101

First Period:

Scoring: 1, SUI, J Turler (F Sutter), 1:36. 2, SUI, D Bärtschi (J Turler, F Sutter), 4:18. 3, SUI, S Helfenstein (short-handed) (unassisted), 10:56. 4, SUI, R Back (R Vogler), 12:04.

Penalties: M Gautschi, SUI (roughing), 6:40; V Gorbenko, UKR (hooking), 7:26; T Nüssli, SUI (slashing), 10:19; A Kalitka, UKR (high sticking), 11:45; C Métrailler, SUI (high sticking), 12:27; D Camichel, SUI (roughing), 16:26; O Skorokhod, UKR (interference), 17:45.

Second Period:

Scoring: 5, UKR, V Donika (V Sabibin, Y Pecherin), 1:55. 6, SUI, D Camichel (power play) (T Monnet), 9:58. 7, SUI, J Turler (F Sutter), 10:26. 8, SUI, T Monnet (power play) (S Helfenstein, J Dällenbach), 11:49. 9, SUI, T Monnet (S Helfenstein, D Camichel), 18:37.

Penalties: B Forster, SUI (holding), 4:41; Team UKR (too many men), 5:23; V Gorbenko, UKR (checking from behind, misconduct), 9:06; D Malkov, UKR cross checking), 11:36

Third Period:

Scoring: 10, SUI, J Föhlicher (P Landolt), 3:35. 11, SUI, S Helfenstein (power play) (J Dällenbach), 14:30.

Penalties: O Karaulshchuk, UKR (hooking), 10:22; K Savchenko, UKR (slashing), 13:08; S Blindenbacher, SUI (interference), 18:09; A Bondarev, UKR (slashing), 18:09.


SHOTS ON GOAL
1st2nd3rdTOTAL
Switzerland16251556
Ukraine79521

Power-play Conversions: SUI – 2 of 8, UKR – 0 of 5.

Goalies:

SUI, M Schoder (21 shots, 20 saves; record: 1-0-0). UKR,V Chernenko (56, 46; record: 0-2-0).

Attendance: 1,421.

INDIVIDUAL PLAYER STATISTICS


SwitzerlandUkraine
G A PIMG A PIM

Back1 00Andruschenko0 00
Bärtschi1 00Bega0 00
Blindenbacher0 02Bondarev0 02
Camenzind0 00Borysenko0 00
Camichel1 12Donika1 00
Dällenbach0 20Dvoretskyy0 00
Forster0 02Dyatlov0 00
Fröhlicher1 00Gavrylyuk0 00
Gautschi0 02Gorbenko0 014
Gerber0 00Kalitka0 02
Helfenstein2 20Karaulshchuk0 02
Hildebrand0 00Kryvorutskyy0 00
Landolt0 10Kubrak0 00
Métrailler0 02Malkov0 02
Monnet2 10Pecherin0 10
Nüssli0 02Sabibin0 10
Savary0 00Savchenko0 02
Sutter0 30Skorokhod0 02
Turler2 10Sugak0 00
Vogler0 10Vlasov0 00

Game 3 – BEATING ARCHRIVALS IS HARD WORK, BUT FUN

RECAP

Switzerland against Germany is like Canada against the USA: pure archrivalry and losing is not allowed! Especially when the win seals your spot in the medal round and sends them opponents down into the relegation round!

Switzerland had some problems in the 1st period with the hard hitting style of Germany. The Swiss then took control in the 2nd with their skating and technical abilities. Although Steingross equalised the Swiss opener by Helfenstein, it didn’t change a thing. The Swiss kept their patience and shortly after Métrailler marked 2-1!

It was a hectic and heated game but it never turned foul. The Germans punished themselves in the 3rd period with too many penalties and eventually Camenzind sealed the Swiss victory with his power play goal.

It wasn’t a great win, but it was deserved!

BOXSCORE


GERMANY 1 - SWITZERLAND 3
Kloten, 17.04.2000

1st2nd3rdTOTAL
Germany0101
Switzerland0213

First Period:

Penalties: T Monnet, SUI (boarding), 3:10; M Hinterstocker,GER (high sticking), 7:29; D Camichel, SUI (charging), 12:27.

Second Period:

Scoring: 1, SUI, S Helfenstein (D Camichel, T Monnet), 4:08. 2, GER, B Steingross (power play) (S Schauer, C Schubert), 9:47. 3, SUI, C Métrailler (P Landolt), 11:37.

Penalties: S Jones, GER (holding), 7:04; A Camenzind, SUI (cross checking), 7:52; F Sutter, SUI (roughing), 13:27; S Furchner, GER (cross checking), 13:27; J Fröhlicher, SUI (interference), 18:48; S Jones, GER (hooking), 12:41.

Third Period:

Scoring: 4, SUI, A Camenzind (power play) (R Back, S Helfenstein), 14:18.

Penalties: C Schubert, GER (boarding), 1:21; M Goc, GER (holding), 3:52; B Forster, SUI (holding), 7:50; C Schubert, GER (interference), 9:33; M Goc, GER (high sticking), 12:29; J Lanier, GER (high sticking), 19:15; T Monnet, SUI (unsportsmanlike conduct), 12:41; J Dällenbach, SUI (roughing), 15:05; G Acker, GER (roughing), 15:05; T Monnet, SUI (interference), 17:32; C Ehrhoff, GER (misconduct), 17:32; K Hurbanek, GER (hooking), 17:48.


SHOTS ON GOAL
1st2nd3rdTOTAL
Germany961025
Switzerland9161338

Power-play Conversions: GER – 1 of 5, SUI – 1 of 8.


Goalies:

GER, D Pätzold (38 shots, 35 saves; record: 0-3-0). SUI, M Schoder (25, 24; record: 2-0-0).

Attendance: 2,351.

INDIVIDUAL PLAYER STATISTICS


GermanySwitzerland
G A PIMG A PIM

Acker0 02Back0 10
Breitbach0 00Bärtschi0 00
Ehrhoff0 010Blindenbacher0 00
Endrass0 00Camenzind1 02
Frenzel0 00Camichel0 12
Furchner0 02Dällenbach0 02
Gensel0 00Forster0 02
Goc0 04Fröhlicher0 02
Guggemos0 00Gautschi0 00
Hinterstocker0 02Gerber0 00
Hurbanek0 02Helfenstein1 10
Jones0 04Hildebrand0 00
Koslow0 00Landolt0 10
Kulczynski0 00Métrailler1 00
Lanier0 02Monnet0 16
Retzer0 00Nüssli0 00
Schauer0 10Sutter0 02
Schubert0 14Turler0 00
Steingross1 00Vogler0 00
Urban0 00Savaryinjured

Game 4 – TWO GOAL DEFICIT NO HANDICAP FOR SWISS, GRAB 2ND PLACE IN GROUP A

RECAP

The Swiss got their first ever victory against the Czech Republic, by rallying back from a 2-0 deficit. That earned them 2nd place in Group A, which gives them Slovakia instead of Finland in the quarter-finals.

Netik and Nedorost gave the Czechs a comfortable lead in the 1st period. But Swiss crack Helfenstein replied 46 seconds after the 2nd Czech goal with the 1st Swiss power play goal. This was the ignition for a great comeback. Swiss netminder Matthias Schoder kept his team in the game with miraculous saves. In addition the Swiss impressed with their patience, stamina and fighting spirit.

The other key factor was the deadly power play. Switzerland scored all 3 goal on the power play. Gautschi and Bärtschi blasted home the two crucial goals in the middle of the last period and secured the host nation a 3-2 victory!

BOXSCORE


CZECH REPUBLIC 2 - SWITZERLAND 3
Kloten, 19.04.2000

1st2nd3rdTOTAL
Czech Republic2002
Switzerland1023

First Period:

Scoring: 1, CZE, T Netik (power play) (M Blazek, M Blatak), 7:39. 2, CZE, V Nedorost (J Bohac, J Novotny), 13:01. 3, SUI, S Helfenstein (power play) (T Monnet, J Dällenbach), 13:47.

Penalties: M Podlesak, CZE (slashing), 2:42; S Blindenbacher, SUI (tripping), 7:23; S Hrebejk, CZE (interference), 15:27; R Vogler, SUI (holding), 17:38.

Second Period:

Penalties: B Forster, SUI (elbowing), 0:51; R Back, SUI (roughing), 13:51.

Third Period:

Scoring: 4, SUI, M Gautschi (power play) (F Sutter, B Gerber), 12:39. 5, SUI, D Bärtschi (power play) (unassisted), 14:59.

Penalties: P Chvojka, CZE (elbowing), 1:33; A Cerny, CZE (roughing), 11:11; M Podlesak, CZE (checking from behind, misconduct), 13:36; B Gerber, SUI (high sticking), 18:51.


SHOTS ON GOAL
1st2nd3rdTOTAL
Czech Republic1114934
Switzerland871126

Power-play Conversions: CZE – 1 of 5, SUI – 3 of 5.

Goalies:

CZE, M Barek (26 shots, 23 saves; record: 1-1-0). SUI, M Schoder (34, 32; record: 3-0-0).

Attendance: 2,013.

INDIVIDUAL PLAYER STATISTICS


Czech RepublicSwitzerland
G A PIMG A PIM

Blatak0 10Back0 02
Blazek0 10Bärtschi1 00
Bohac0 10Blindenbacher0 02
Cerny0 02Camenzind0 00
Chvojka0 02Camichel0 00
Hanzlik0 00Dällenbach0 10
Horava0 00Forster0 02
Hrebejk0 02Fröhlicher0 00
Hudler0 00Gautschi1 00
Lukes0 00Gerber0 12
Mojzis0 00Helfenstein1 00
Nedorost1 00Hildebrand0 00
Netik1 00Landolt0 00
Novotny0 10Métrailler0 00
Pavlas0 00Monnet0 10
Plekanec0 00Nüssli0 00
Podlesak0 014Sutter0 10
Puncochar0 00Turler0 00
Vampola0 00Vogler0 02
FrolikinjuredSavaryinjured

Quarter-Final – SWISS SHUTOUT SLOVAKIA, ADVANCE TO SEMI-FINAL

RECAP

The Swiss U-18 Junior National Team qualified itself for the semi-final against Russia with a disciplined game against Slovakia. The Swiss win was undisputed and well deserved. The main difference between two squads with two potential top draft picks (Helfenstein – SUI, Gaborik – SVK) was, that Switzerland played as a team, while the players on the Slovakian team where more interested in their personal showing in front of the scouts. Besides that, Slovakia was punished for playing ultra defensively and with no forechecking.

The game really got under way in middle of the 1st. The Swiss laid of their nervousness and carefulness and started their aggressive forechecking. They were also capable of shutting down the Slovakian transition game. Camichel nearly tallied the first goal of the game in the 15th minute, but was denied by the post. But it was only the start for a rough afternoon for the Slovakian goalie Budaj, who was playing for the injured Hamerlik.

Switzerland was rewarded for their patience and fighting spirit at 11:38 in the 2nd period. Julien Turler scooped the puck off two Slovakian defencemen behind the net . Deny Bärtschi one-timed the delivery for his second game winning goal of the tournament. Slovakia tried to respond, but Swiss goalie Schoder robbed them their rare chances with his reflexes, his agility and his positioning.

The beginning of 3rd period saw a flying Swiss team and Monnet conserved the lead with the 2-0. A great individual effort by him: picking up a Helfenstein pass, powering himself through on the left wing and wristing it passed Budaj from the slot. Then Sven Helfenstein got a breakaway 2 minutes later. By showing off his speed and technical skills, he “iced” Budaj on the 1 on 1. The win was perfect and the only objective left was, to give Schoder his well earned shutout.

It was hard to pick a best player on an solid Swiss team. The IIHF officials honoured it to the fighting spirit of Beat Gerber, but they could have rewarded it to the energy of Duri Camichel, the sniper skills of Thibaut Monnet, the speed of Sven Helfenstein, the reach of Thomas Nüssli, the cleverness of Fabian Sutter or the glove of Matthias Schoder.

To conclude: the match-up between Gaborik and Helfenstein clearly ended in favour of the Swiss prospect. Helfenstein was everywhere and was dangerous throughout the game. Gaborik instead just showed his skills once or twice. His lack-lustre performance defensively was punished by the top Swiss line Helfenstein-Camichel-Monnet with a minus 2 stat. The Slovakian coach Jozef Frühauf (i.e. father of prospect Peter Frühauf) had just one comment on that: “Ask the scouts for the reason”…….

BOXSCORE


SWITZERLAND 3 - SLOVAKIA 0
Kloten, 21.04.2000

1st2nd3rdTOTAL
Switzerland0123
Slovakia0000

First Period:

Penalties: B Gerber, SUI (hooking), 5:04; T Frolo, SVK (interference), 14:10; P Frühauf, SVK (slashing), 14:50; T Nüssli, SUI (interference), 17:20.

Second Period:

Scoring: 1, SUI, D Bärtschi (F Sutter, J Turler), 11:38.

Penalties: K Sloboda, SVK (elbowing), 2:49; M Gaborik, SVK (high sticking), 7:08; J Turler, SUI (interference), 8:41; T Nüssli, SUI (holding), 12:19; S Blindenbacher, SUI (holding), 15:13; S Hudec, SVK (hooking), 18:44; B Gerber, SUI (tripping), 20:00.

Third Period:

Scoring: 2, SUI, T Monnet (S Helfenstein), 0:23. 3, SUI, S Helfenstein (unassisted), 2:22.

Penalties: B Gerber, SUI (cross checking), 5:08; F Sutter, SUI (slashing), 7:13; M Gaborik, SVK (high sticking), 7:13; J Baley, SVK (roughing), 12:39; B Forster, SUI (roughing), 12:39; B Forster, SUI (holding), 15:32; T Frolo, SVK (hooking), 17:11; Team SVK (too many men), 19:42.


SHOTS ON GOAL
1st2nd3rdTOTAL
Switzerland16131342
Slovakia1391537

Power-play Conversions: SUI – 0 of 7, SVK – 0 of 6.

Goalies:

SUI, M Schoder (37 shots, 37 saves; record: 4-0-0). SVK, P Budaj (42, 39; record: 1-2-0).

Attendance: 3,177.

INDIVIDUAL PLAYER STATISTICS


SwitzerlandSlovakia
G A PIMG A PIM

Back0 00Baley0 02
Bärtschi1 00Bokros0 00
Blindenbacher0 02Dubec0 00
Camenzind0 00Frolo0 04
Camichel0 00Frühauf0 02
Dällenbach0 00Gaborik0 04
Forster0 04Gajdos0 00
Fröhlicher0 00Hudec0 02
Gautschi0 00Kolarik0 00
Gerber0 06Malec0 00
Helfenstein1 10Oravec0 00
Hildebrand0 00Psenka0 00
Landolt0 00Skladany0 00
Métrailler0 00K Sloboda0 02
Monnet1 00R Sloboda0 00
Nüssli0 04Svatos0 00
Sutter0 12Takac0 00
Turler0 12Velebny0 00
Vogler0 00Hamerlikinjured
SavaryinjuredKopeckyinjured
Machoinjured

Game MVP’s: SUI – B Gerber, SVK – Oravec

Semi-Final – STRONG SPUTNIK FINISH KILLS SWISS DREAMS

RECAP

Switzerland were on the verge of pulling of the biggest upset in WJC recent history against Russia, but their efforts were denied by a strong Sputnik finish.

The host country got away on strong note. They showed gooorganizationon, high technical play and tactical maturity, but their main weapon was the fighting spirit. Besides that, the Swiss weren’t impressed by the Russian high speed hockey. They were able to shut it down and if not, their defence was ready for the rebounds in the slot. The Swiss not only got respect from their opponents but they also started to confuse them. The Russian disorientation got to a humorous point, when Deny Bärtschi cleverly dodged two Russian defencemen and they crashed into each other.

Camichel finally put the Swiss on the scoreboard in the 2nd period. Helfenstein set up the play and was denied by sliding defencemen and Russian goalie Medvedev. Camichel got the rebound and looped it into the net over the lying Russian players. The 1st Swiss line Helfenstein-Camichel-Monnet proved again to be one of the top combinationworldwidede (they got out of the game with +1 stat).

Unfortunately they weren’t able to convert their scoring opportunities for the decisive 2nd goal. Apart from that the tournament stress started to take its toll: fatigue! At the end of the 2nd period the Swiss survived a five minutes short handed, but it cost them dearly.

In the 3rd period they were worn out and couldn’t keep up their game. Swiss goalie Matthias Schoder was finally beaten again after 152 minutes. Rouslan Zainoulline notched the equalizer for Russia at 5:06 in the 3rd with Alexander Svitov assisting. Especially the technically strong power forward Svitov started to resurge the much battered Russian. The hosts weren’t able to stop him and by assisting Chastine on the 2nd goal in the middle of the 3rd period, he finally broke the Swiss resistance. Egor Chastine the tallied Russian goal no. 3 in the same “Gretzky” manner as he scored his first: coming from behind the net with speed into the slot and then taking a precise wrist shot. Jakoubov then wrapped it up with the 4th goal in the last minute of the game.

To sum it up: the Swiss youngster demonstrated that the recent showings of Swiss Junior National Teams in World Championships isn’t just a breeze, it’s got basis! Although they were disappointed after the game, they can be proud. They were the first team to score the opening goal against this extraordinary Russian team in the tournament. Two days later the Finns were the second…..and they are now the world champions!

BOXSCORE


RUSSIA 4 - SWITZERLAND 1
Kloten, 22.04.2000

1st2nd3rdTOTAL
Russia0044
Switzerland0101

First Period:

Penalties: A Zabolotnev, RUS (boarding), 0:29; J Dällenbach, SUI (high sticking), 7:43; A Zabolotnev, RUS (slashing), 9:18.

Second Period:

Scoring: 1, SUI, D Camichel (S Helfenstein), 10:21.

Penalties: D Camichel, SUI (charging), 8:00; A Frolov, RUS (interference), 8:11; P Vorobiev, RUS (slashing), 13:39; J Turler, SUI (boarding), 14:50; R Back, SUI (cross checking), 16:35.

Third Period:

Scoring: 2, RUS, R Zainoulline (A Svitov), 5:06. 3, RUS, E Chastine (R Zainoulline, A Svitov), 12:18. 4, RUS, E Chastine (A Tatarinov), 15:26. 4, RUS, M Jakoubov (unassisted), 19:17.

Penalties: I Kniazev, RUS (unsportsmanlike conduct), 0:00; T Nüssli, SUI (interference), 1:22; A Zabolotnev, RUS (slashing), 6:20; A Tatarinov, RUS (high sticking), 13:11; B Forster, SUI (roughing, misconduct), 16:40; A Smirnov, RUS (high sticking), 17:08.


SHOTS ON GOAL
1st2nd3rdTOTAL
Russia19201655
Switzerland178530

Power-play Conversions: RUS – 0 of 6, SUI – 0 of 8.

Goalies:

RUS, A Medvedev (30 shots, 29 saves; record: 3-0-0). SUI, M Schoder (55, 51; record: 4-1-0).

Attendance: 4,131.

INDIVIDUAL PLAYER STATISTICS


RussiaSwitzerland
G A PIMG A PIM

Chastine2 00Back0 02
Frolov0 02Bärtschi0 00
Gousev0 00Blindenbacher0 00
Jakoubov1 00Camenzind0 00
Kniazev0 02Camichel1 02
Kovaltchouk0 00Dällenbach0 02
Loutchkine0 00Forster0 012
Nikulin0 00Fröhlicher0 00
Samoylov0 00Gautschi0 00
Selouianov0 00Gerber0 00
Smirnov0 02Helfenstein0 10
Soin0 00Hildebrand0 00
Svitov0 20Landolt0 00
Tatarinov0 12Métrailler0 00
Tchernov0 00Monnet0 00
Troubatchev0 00Nüssli0 02
Volchenkov0 00Sutter0 00
Vorobiev0 02Turler0 02
Zabolotnev0 06Vogler0 00
Zainoulline1 10Savaryinjured

Bronze Medal Game – DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SWEDES AND SWISS IS SIX AGAIN

RECAP

The Bronze Medal game was over after 46 seconds into the 2nd period. Team Sweden scored two goals in that time span to lift the tally up to 5-1. Switzerland was inferior throughout the whole game. The Nordic players were faster, bigger and stronger than their Swiss counterparts. It proved again, that the Swedes are an opponent no Swiss National Team likes to play; neither juniors nor seniors!

The expectations were high after the semi-final loss to the Russians and the Swiss wanted the Bronze. But the loss of energy and thdisappointmentnt was evident. Switzerland was capable to reply to the goal Wästlund scored for Sweden early in the 1st . Defencemen Joel Fröhlicher tallied the equalizer on a great solo effort. Normally this would have the host nation some moral, but they were flat.

The game started to turone-sideded after Team Sweden went ahead again at 16:40. The decision fell, when the Swedes marked 3 goals in a period of 54 seconds: the 3-1 on a power play 8 seconds before the end of the 1st , the 4-1 20 seconds and the 5-1 46 seconds into the 2nd! The rest of game was more of getting it over with.

BOXSCORE


SWEDEN 7 - SWITZERLAND 1
Kloten, 24.04.2000

1st2nd3rdTOTAL
Sweden3407
Switzerland1001

First Period:

Scoring: 1, SWE, N Wästlund (J Hägglund), 1:48. 2, SUI, J Fröhlicher (B Gerber), 9:11. 3, SWE, J Nordqvist (D Hermansson), 16:40. 4, SWE, D Hermansson (power play) (J Sundqvist), 19:52.

Penalties: B Gerber, SUI (hooking), 18:13; J Dällenbach, SUI (unsportsmanlike conduct), 19:44; P Petterstrom, SWE (unsportsmanlike conduct), 19:44.

Second Period:

Scoring: 5, SWE, J Lundqvist (J Eneqvist, P Andersson), 0:20. 6, SWE, J Karlsson (M Samuelsson), 0:46. 7, SWE, J Nordqvist (P Andersson), 16:01. 8, M Hedlund (power play) (P Andersson), 16:51.

Penalties: T Eriksson, SWE (interference), 3:26; D Widing, SWE (hooking), 4:22; B Gerber, SUI (slashing), 7:36; D Widing, SWE (high sticking), 7:36; J Dällenbach, SUI (charging), 10:15; P Andersson, SWE (high sticking), 13:52; J Dällenbach, SUI (delay of game), 16:39; J Karlsson, SWE (high sticking), 16:59; M Nilsson, SWE (double minor roughing), 18:56; S Helfenstein, SUI (roughing), 18:56; J Karlsson, SWE (high sticking), 19:14.

Third Period:

Penalties: J Fröhlicher, SUI (hooking), 3:15; P Petterstrom, SWE (slashing), 7:52; R Back, SUI (holding), 10:41; J Fröhlicher, SUI (interference), 11:17; S Blindenbacher, SUI (tripping); 12:48; M Samuelsson, SWE (high sticking), 14:31.


SHOTS ON GOAL
1st2nd3rdTOTAL
Sweden17182257
Switzerland616727

Power-play Conversions: SWE – 2 of 7, SUI – 0 of 8.

Goalies:

SWE, H Lundqvist (27 shots, 26 saves; record: 3-1-0). SUI, M Schoder (19, 14; record: 4-2-0), M Wegmüller (1:22 of 2nd period, 38, 36)

Attendance: 3,633.

INDIVIDUAL PLAYER STATISTICS


SwedenSwitzerland
G APIMG A PIM

Andersson0 32Back0 02
Eneqvist0 10Bärtschi0 00
Eriksson0 02Blindenbacher0 02
Hägglund0 10Camenzind0 00
Hedlund1 00Camichel0 00
Hermansson1 10Dällenbach0 06
Irani0 00Forster0 00
Jonsson0 00Fröhlicher1 04
Jungbeck0 00Gautschi0 00
Karlsson1 04Gerber0 14
J Lundqvist1 00Helfenstein0 02
Nilsson0 04Hildebrand0 00
Nordqvist2 00Landolt0 00
Öberg0 00Métrailler0 00
Petterstrom0 04Monnet0 00
Samuelsson0 12Nüssli0 00
Sundqvist0 10Sutter0 00
Wästlund1 00Turler0 00
Widing0 04Vogler0 00
HelmerssoninjuredSavaryinjured

Game MVP’s: SWE – J Nordqvist, SUI – C Métrailler