Switzerland 1 - Finland 4
FINLAND IN FINAL ROUND AFTER FINISHING OFF SWISS
By Andrea Lee | Box Score
Although this was just the end of Round Robin play, Saturday’s Switzerland-Finland matchup was almost like
a playoff game. Both teams were battling for third place in Group A to avoid the Relegation Round.
Fortunately for the Finns, they did just that by beating the Swiss 4-1 in front of 8,335 Vancouver
During a 4-on-4 stretch, Swiss forward Julian Sprunger had a good scoring chance as he slid the puck in
front of the net. But after the puck left his stick, he was slashed by Finland’s Leo Komarov, who ended up
getting two minutes for his actions. Sprunger slid into the boards and was in obvious pain as he lay on the
ice. He skated to the bench and into the tunnel holding his right hand, but he did return to the ice a few
PREVIEW: SWISS - FINLAND
By Greg Alexis
Switzerland: After pulling off the biggest semi-upset of the tournament so far by tying Team U.S.A. 1-1 on December 30, the Swiss team will try to keep that momentum going versus Finland. Switzerland sits in third place (one point up on Finland) in Pool A and only needs a tie to move on to the quarterfinals. After staying neck-and-neck with Canada in a 4-3 loss, the Swiss seem to have gained some confidence. Sure, they may not be pumping in the goals like the Russians or Americans, but they have made up for it so far with strong goaltending and unexpectedly physical play. Reto Berra will most likely get the start in goal, as backup Leonardo Genoni has yet to see any action in the tournament. In Switzerland’s three games in the tournament, Berra has a 2.00 GAA and an impressive .930 save percentage. Up front, forward Mathias Joggi leads the Swiss in scoring with four points (2-2) in three games. He notched the tying goal against the Americans. If Switzerland can get Finland into a tight-checking, grinding game, their chances of advancing to the quarter-finals will improve. After three games, the Swiss have shown they are more than capable of competing against the elite teams. If you don’t think so, just ask the Americans.
Finland: It’s put up or shut up time for the Finns. A win, and they are on to the quarter-finals. A tie or a loss, and the Relegation Round awaits. Finland sits in fourth place in Pool A with a record of one win and two losses. After starting the tournament with a Boxing Day loss to Canada, the Finns looked like they were about to turn the corner against Team USA December 28, as they jumped out to an early two-goal lead, only to see the Americans storm back to win 6-5. The team needs to bring the same aggressive, hard-skating game it used to beat Norway 9-1 if it wants to put an end to Switzerland’s surprising run so far. Forward Aki Seitsonen is tied for the scoring lead on the team with five points (4-1) and was instrumental versus Norway with two goals and an assist. Perttu Lindgren also came to life in that game with five points. As for who will get the start in goal for Finland, it’s wide open. At the start of the tournament, Head Coach Hannu Aravirta said he had two starting goalies, and so far he’s been true to his word, as Karri Ramo and Tuukka Rask have both seen action in the tournament. Finland has the edge offensively over Switzerland and will need to fire lots of rubber at the Swiss net. The Finns will want to get the early jump on their opponents, because the tighter this game is, the more it favours the Swiss.
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