2016-17 National Men's Team

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2017 IIHF World Championship
Game #1
Final
May 2, 2017 1:30 pm EST
Patinoire des Vernets
Geneva, SUI

Scoring

Teams
1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
3
1
0
4
1
0
0
1

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
11
15
15
41
7
6
4
17

Statistics

Teams
PP
PIM
1 / 3
6
0 / 3
6

Game Story

FLYERS TEAMMATES LEAD CANADA TO PRE-WORLDS WIN OVER SWISS

JASON LA ROSE

GENEVA, Switzerland – Wayne Simmonds (Scarborough, Ont./Philadelphia, NHL) and Claude Giroux (Hearst, Ont./Philadelphia, NHL) had a goal and an assist apiece, helping Canada’s National Men’s Team to a 4-1 win over Switzerland on Tuesday in exhibition action ahead of the 2017 IIHF World Championship.

It was the lone pre-tournament game for the Canadians, who are two-time defending world champions.

Canada struck quickly to take control, scoring twice before the six-minute mark of the first period.

Chris Lee (MacTier, Ont./Metallurg Magnitogorsk, KHL) opened the scoring at 4:16, beating Swiss goaltender Leonardo Genoni from the slot, and Sean Couturier (Bathurst, N.B./Philadelphia, NHL) doubled the lead at 5:42, getting his shot past Genoni from a sharp angle.

The offensive onslaught continued from the Canadians with Giroux scoring unassisted to make it 3-0 just part the 13-minute mark, before Pius Suter poked a rebound past Canadian netminder Chad Johnson (Calgary, Alta./Calgary, NHL) late in the first period to make it a two-goal game after 20 minutes.

Canada kept it coming in the second period, but Genoni was there to keep his team within striking distance; the Swiss puck-stopper finished with 37 saves, and stopped 29 of 30 in the final two periods.

Simmonds capped the scoring with less than four minutes to go in the middle frame, finishing on the power play; Jeff Skinner (Toronto, Ont./Carolina, NHL) and Giroux earned the helpers on the 4-1 goal.

The Canadian pressure continued in the third but Genoni was perfect on 15 chances in the final stanza, keeping the final margin of victory at three.

Johnston stopped nine of the 10 shots he faced in just over 29 minutes of work before giving way to Calvin Pickard (Winnipeg, Man./Colorado, NHL), who turned aside all seven shots directed his way.

Canada finished with a 41-17 advantage in shots on goal.

It heads now to Paris, where it will open defence of its gold medal Friday against the Czech Republic (2:15 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT) in the Group B curtain-raiser for both at the world championship.


Play by Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
GOAL
Goal: Chris Lee

Assists: Nathan MacKinnon
04:16
GOAL
Goal: Sean Couturier

Assists: Wayne Simmonds
05:42
PENALTY
Penalty: Chad Johnson
Delay of Game (2:00)
09:41
GOAL
Goal: Claude Giroux

13:06
PENALTY
Penalty: Mike Card
Delay of Game (2:00)
13:31
GOAL
Goal: Pius Suter

Assists: Cody Almond
18:48
2nd Period
GOALTENDER CHANGE
Goaltender Change: Calvin Pickard

09:19
PENALTY
Penalty: Ramon Untersander
Holding (2:00)
14:45
GOAL (POWER PLAY)
Goal: Wayne Simmonds

Assists: Jeff Skinner, Claude Giroux
16:38
3rd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Cody Almond
Hooking (2:00)
02:53
PENALTY
Penalty: Jason Demers
Cross-Checking (2:00)
14:29
PENALTY
Penalty: Kevin Romy
High-Sticking (2:00)
17:23

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins Shots Saves GA SV%
Chad Johnson CAN 29 10 9 1 0.900
Calvin Pickard CAN 30 7 7 0 1.000
Leonardo Genoni SUI 60 41 37 4 0.902

Game Leaders

GA 1 - SV - 9 - SAV% - 0.900
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - P 1
Goals 1 - Assists 1 - Points 2
G 1 - A 1 - P 2
Goals 0 - Assists 1 - Points 1
G 0 - A 1 - P 1
Goals 1 - Assists 1 - Points 2
G 1 - A 1 - P 2

Previous Games

4 - 1 W @ SwitzerlandSUI
May 2, 2017
1 - 4 L v CanadaCAN
May 2, 2017
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