Swiss National Team Week – U20 National Team

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The U20 team has won a 4-Nations tournament in the USA. “Partly, partly”, was head coach Jakob Koelliker’s answer. “We have won it, but especially the game against Germany was really bad. We have to win against opponents like Germany.”

Switzerland had many chances to score goals. Koelliker: “We are not cool enough, we should score a lot more goals.” Indeed not only the juniors, but all of the Swiss players need to take better advantage of their goal-scoring
opportunitues.

The tournament

In a preparation game against the Rochester Mustangs, Switzerland took a 4:0 victory. The Swiss goal scorers were Bjoern Christen, Marc Reichert (2 goals) and Loic Burkhalter. Silvan Lussy and Fabian Stephan, each
added two assists. Martin Zerzuben had his first of two shut-outs. The
second followed in the tournament game against Norway.

Switzerland dominated the game and shot out the Mustangs, 22 to 9 shots.

The tournament started with a game against Germany. The game ended in a tie
at 2. Switzerland had 20 shots, while Germany was held to 14.

In the next game Norway was left scoreless. 6:0 was the final score. “Well not really an opponent for us,” coach Koelliker commented on the game. Six different players scored the goals. 35 to 3 shots – Norway is not really on the same level as Switzerland.

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Swiss National Team Week – U18 National Team

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This team has only one aim: The 2000 U-18 WJC! Playing at home will be
great motivation for these kids.

Due to preparation they travelled to the United States for a training
camp and exhibition games against the USA.

Playing without Sven Helfenstein, who is already a member of the U-20
team, they still had enough players to play some pretty good hockey.

“We have between 28 and 35 players on the extended roster. Only 20 of
them will play the World Champs”, coach Beat Lautenschlager said. “We
are very deep up front. A little lack in defense, that’s why we have
two 83 born in there. But they are very good.”

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Swiss National Team Week – U17 National Team

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The U17 National Team headed to Slovakia to play three games against a
top class opponent.

“We didn’t perform the best.”, headcoach Charly Oppliger said. “But the
opponent was very good. We did join in well in these games, that’s
what I wanted.”

Defense seemed to be the big problem for nearly all players.
Coach Oppliger explained: “In the Swiss leagues the good players can
shine offensively, other take over the defensive part for them. With
the games the players adjusted well.”

The main goal was to “gain experience” and that was reached in this test series against
Slovakia. The coach didn’t want to talk about the certain players. He
only mentioned: “All players are good. They wouldn’t be in the national
team otherwise.”

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Swiss National Team Week – Under-16 National Team

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This is the first time the Swiss U-16′s have played as a natioanl team, against opposing national teams. Until just last season the U-16′s played only against regioanl teams.
It was time to adjust to the international standard and build an U-16 national team.

This team has never had a training camp let alone played a hockey game
together. Despite that, the team traveled to the Czech Republic to
battle the U-16′s of a leading hockey nation.

“We played excellent. Very fresh. I’m very satisfied with my team”, coach
Roger Bader said. “There was no player in the team of whom I could say it
a wrong selection.”

In a high scoring first game Mattia Bianchi, Gianrico Vivalda (2 goals),
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Swiss National Team Week

by Martin Locher
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From pros to juniors – the best Swiss players were called to the
National Teams or regional selections. Read a little series about the
different national teams’ performaces. Today I start with the A- and
B-National Teams.

The A-National-Team

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While the top 4 European nations played the Karjala-Cup, Switzerland had
to be satisfied with travelling to Slovakia for two games.

After a disappointing 1:6 loss in the first game, the Swiss team was highly critizized by the Swiss press.
The only Swiss goal was scored by Edgar Salis, who is more known
for his rugged defense. The team had problems adjusting to the higher
intensity on the international level. (Maybe this is also the reason why
Lugano struggles in the Euro-League?)

In the second game the Swiss were down 0:2 after the first period. But
they didn’t give up and turned the game into a 4:2 victory.

Michel Zeiter, Julien Vauclair and Mattia Baldi (2) scored the
Swiss goals. Ottawa draftee Vauclair was called to the team, cause
Marc Gianola was injured. Baldi (drafted by Montreal) seldomly scores
two goals, but he is always working hard, and when he stays healthy he
could become more than just a great forechecker and defensive safeguard.

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