Game Summary

Canada 0 - Switzerland 2

Round Robin
Saturday, February 18, 2006
15:30 Local
09:30 Eastern
Turin, ITA
Espo Arena

Fresh off an upset win over the Czech Republic, Switzerland’s confidence was not going to be an issue, as Canada faced its biggest test to date at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games, with a game against Switzerland. In Olympic Games history, these countries had faced off a total of seven times, with Canada winning each time.

Martin Brodeur was back in net for Canada, while Martin Gerber of the Carolina Hurricanes would carry Switzerland’s hopes in net.

While Canada had early power play chances, and despite constant pressure, they were unable to capitalize in the first.

And at 18:19 of the first period, the Swiss got on the board first, much to the enjoyment of a very pro-Switzerland crowd. Former Canadian National Team member Paul Di Pietro one-timed a pass past Brodeur, giving Switzerland a 1-0 lead on only their 6th shot on goal. Despite a 12-6 shots advantage in the first, Canada headed to the dressing room trailing for the first time at the 2006 Olympics.

Canada got into penalty trouble in the second, and the Swiss were more than willing to take advantage. DiPietro was once again the hero, standing to the side of the net and pushing a rebound into a wide open net, at 8:47 of the middle frame.

Down 2-0, Canada went on the offensive and carried the play for the rest of the period. Rick Nash and Ryan Smyth, among others, were stymied by Gerber, who was making like his teammate David Aebischer did against the Czechs. Nash’s chance was a one-timer which Gerber managed to catch just at the line. It went to review and it took a while, but the ‘no goal’ call stood. Through two periods, Canada trailed 2-0, but did have a 25-17 shots on goal advantage.

Canada continued to dominate in the third, firing shot after shot at Gerber, but to no avail. Switzerland causes another upset, with a 2-0 win over Canada.

Canada’s next game is against Finland, on Sunday, February 19th, at 9 pm (local)/3 pm (ET) at the Torino Esposizioni.

Jarome Iginla: "We expected it. We knew after they beat the Czech Republic.  We knew it was a good club, and not an easy team.  We respect them.  The next game is now our main focus.  We have to play better and score."
Dany Heatley: "They are a strong skating, hard-working team with a hot goaltender. Things didn't go our way.  We outshot them but they had great goalkeeping and they got a big power play goal and we didn't."

Box Score CAN
Compte SUI

First Period/Première période

Goal 18:19 0:1 SUI Equal strength 15 di PIETRO Paul

Penalty 01:00 03:00 CAN 2 min 61 NASH Rick Interference
Penalty 01:37 03:37 SUI 2 min 5 BLINDENBACHER Severin High Sticking
Penalty 02:29 04:29 SUI 2 min 31 SEGER Mathias Checking from Behind
Penalty 02:29 14:29 SUI 10 min 31 SEGER Mathias Misconduct
Penalty 03:43 05:43 CAN 2 min 14 BERTUZZI Todd Slashing
Penalty 03:43 05:43 SUI 2 min 7 STREIT Mark Roughing
Penalty 06:16 08:16 SUI 2 min 7 STREIT Mark High Sticking
Penalty 09:44 11:44 SUI 2 min 29 FORSTER Beat Holding
Penalty 13:06 15:06 SUI 2 min 28 PLUSS Martin Holding

Second Period/Deuxième période

Goal 28:47 0:2 SUI Power play - 2 players 15 di PIETRO Paul (2) 57 BEZINA Goran , 7 STREIT Mark

Penalty 21:46 23:46 SUI 2 min 67 LEMM Romano Tripping
Penalty 23:57 25:57 CAN 2 min 9 DOAN Shane Interference
Penalty 26:46 28:46 CAN 2 min 15 HEATLEY Dany Holding
Penalty 27:55 28:47 CAN 2 min 52 FOOTE Adam Roughing
Penalty 28:37 30:46 CAN 2 min 44 PRONGER Chris Cross-Checking
Penalty 34:31 36:31 SUI 2 min 29 FORSTER Beat Interference
Penalty 37:24 39:24 CAN 2 min 39 RICHARDS Brad Hooking
Penalty 38:11 40:11 SUI 2 min 67 LEMM Romano Hooking

Third Period/Troisième période


Penalty 42:54 44:54 SUI 2 min 28 PLUSS Martin Tripping
Penalty 43:12 45:12 CAN 2 min 14 BERTUZZI Todd Holding
Penalty 48:27 50:27 CAN 2 min 40 LECAVALIER Vincent Checking from Behind
Penalty 48:27 60:00 CAN 10 min 40 LECAVALIER Vincent Misconduct
Penalty 51:52 53:52 SUI 2 min 3 VAUCLAIR Julien Hooking
Penalty 53:49 55:49 SUI 2 min 28 PLUSS Martin High Sticking
Penalty 53:49 57:49 SUI 2 min 28 PLUSS Martin High Sticking
Penalty 54:58 56:58 CAN 2 min 44 PRONGER Chris Slashing
Penalty 58:00 60:00 SUI 2 min 7 STREIT Mark Cross-Checking
Penalty 58:07 60:00 CAN 2 min 12 IGINLA Jarome Tripping
Penalty 59:00 60:00 CAN 2 min 61 NASH Rick Interference
Penalty 59:20 60:00 SUI 2 min 12 DELLA ROSSA Patric Hooking
Penalty 59:59 60:00 SUI 2 min 3 VAUCLAIR Julien Interference

Goaltenders CAN Martin Brodeur
Gardiens de but SUI Martin Gerber

Shots on Goal Team

1 p

2 p

3 p


Shots on Goal CAN





Tirs au but SUI





Referee/Arbitre Viacheslav Bulanov
Linesmen/Juges des lignes Miroslav Halecky, Kevin Redding

Attendance/Assistance 4,769
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