WJC Canada Postgame: Canada survives Swiss scare

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Screencap via TSN

Whew, that was close.

Down 2-0 and tied 2-2 heading into the third, Canada eked out a less than impressive 3-2 shootout win over a previously 0-2 Switzerland team for their second win at the 2016 World Juniors.

Matt Barzal and Brayden Point scored in the shootout to seal the deal in a surprisingly difficult game for Canada.

The Rundown

Canada fell behind on a powerplay goal just 2:12 into the first period, and panic set in when Dario Meyer put the Europeans up by a pair 13 minutes later.

Dylan Strome salvaged a bad period into just an okay one when he snuck this shot in with just 23 seconds left in the first. 

Joe Hicketts scored the only other Canadian goal in regulation in the second period to tie the game.

Canada looked dominant in stretches, but were held at bay by a very solid Joren van Pottelberghe, who made 32 saves. There was more than a few opportunities to have the game ended in regulation (and in overtime), but JVP (can we call him that?) kept the Swiss’ hope of getting out of the group stage alive.

Mitch Marner made a few nice moves (including this one): but otherwise was held off the scoresheet. He and Travis Dermott combined for five shots on the day, who was also held pointless.

Maple Warrior

Joe Hicketts came up big in a tournament when he’s had a few tough moments, and ultimately Canada could’ve been heavily embarrassed if he hadn’t been able to score.

Up Next

It’s an NYE matchup against Leafs prospect Dmytro Timashov and Sweden on Thursday at 1 p.m.

  • RedMan

    i’m worried about team canada. their big guys aren’t stepping up. there looks like there’s some type of chemistry issue. the head coach is greatly mismanaging the team by constantly changing the lines and altering chemistry with linemates and won’t play strome/marner together when they showed that they were a dominant force last game together… they had a rough first game but they bounced back and then to start ot, he plays chartier over konecny… he barely plays sanheim too… canada should easily dominate the weaker swiss team but they’ve been having difficulties scoring and beating a weaker team when they should be dominating. sweden looks dominant right now.

  • RedMan

    How disappointing this wjc is for us leaf fans! Nylander got hurt. Kapanen hased proved that last years wjc was not a fluke and he really is a bust. Marner while looking dangerous at times is also not what we hoped he’d be. I can’t f@&$n believe how disappointed I am in Marner. I Thought for sure he was better than timashov! Who by the way is the only bright spot in this tournament!

    If the leafs become a team whose stars are all non-Canadians I’m switching teams the first time in 41 years! I pray this tournament is a case of bad luck!

    And if Canada does not win gold we have nothing left to be proud of as a country. Let’s just ask Sweden to take us over as their new colony!

  • RedMan

    I’m not sure it’s the roster deployment so much as the systems. This is a team with way more talent then the opposition and they should be dominating the puck. They’re constantly giving up possession with bad shots and dump ins. System really doesn’t seem to match the personnel. Really makes you appreciate Babcock in my opinion.