WATSON, POINT SCORE SHOOTOUT GOALS TO LEAD CANADA TO WIN AT HLINKA TOURNAMENT
BRECLAV, Czech Republic – Spencer Watson and Brayden Point scored shootout goals as Canada nipped Switzerland 4-3 on Wednesday to claim a semifinal berth at the Memorial of Ivan Hlinka under-18 men's hockey tournament.
Canada was first in the Group A standings despite finishing tied with the Swiss and Czech Republic, which beat Sweden 5-2 Wednesday, with five points apiece. The Canadians beat the Czechs and Switzerland during the preliminary round.
The Czech Republic, which earned a 4-3 shootout win over Switzerland during the preliminary round, took second spot.
Switzerland forced overtime with Simon Kindschi's goal at 14:28 of the third, his second of the game.
Point, Sam Bennett and Aaron Ekblad scored in regulation for Canada, which is chasing a sixth straight tournament title.
Kevin Fiala had the other goal for Switzerland, which was outshot 41-24 by Canada in the game.
After an off-day Thursday, Canada will face Russia in semifinal action Friday. The United States takes on the Czechs in the other.
The semifinal winners meet in the gold medal game Saturday.
In other action, the U.S. beat Slovakia 5-2 to cement top spot in Group B with seven points. Russia beat Finland 7-3 to finish second with six points.
|Arena||Alcaplast Arena||City, Country||Breclav, CZE|
|Date||Wednesday, August 7, 2013
|Goals & Penalties/ Buts et pénalités|
|First Period/Première période|
17:17 SUI Simon Kindschi (Cedric Maurer, Julien Privet)
18:40 CAN Brayden Point (Spencer Watson)
05:08 CAN Joe Hicketts (Delay of Game/Retarder le match)
10:57 SUI Dario Meyer (Interference/Obstruction)
16:31 CAN Joe Hicketts (Charging/Assaut)
|Second Period/Deuxième période|
07:46 CAN Sam Bennett (Rourke Chartier)
10:29 SUI Kevin Fiala
17:48 CAN Aaron Ekblad (Joe Hicketts)
19:32 CAN Jake Virtanen (Roughing/Rudesse)
|Third Period/Troisième période|
14:28 SUI Simon Kindschi (Kevin Fiala)
03:39 SUI Denis Malgin (Roughing/Rudesse)
03:39 CAN Brayden Point (Roughing/Rudesse)
04:36 SUI Edson Harlacher (Delay of Game/Retarder le match)
04:56 CAN Sam Bennett (Tripping/Faire trébucher)
07:38 SUI Pius Suter (Hooking/Accrocher)
10:05 CAN Daniel Audette (Interference/Obstruction)
|Shootout/Tirs de barrage|
|CAN Spencer Watson (Goal/But)
SUI Pius Suter (No Goal/Aucun but)
CAN Brayden Point (Goal/But)
|Goaltenders/Gardiens de but|
|Shots on Goal/Tirs au but||1||2||3||OT/P||Total|