Team Canada was able to skate away with another win in the 2016 World Juniors Championship on Tuesday, as they defeated Team Switzerland 3-2 in the shootout. Here is a rundown of the game.
Entering the game, one of the storylines was be about Canadian goaltender MacKenzie Blackwood. This was Blackwood’s 2016 World Juniors debut for Canada, after he had to sit out two games due to an 8-game suspension from the Ontario Hockey League.
Switzerland opened the scoring just two minutes into the first period on the power-play with a Noah Rod one-timer point shot that deflected off Damien Rait, who would be credited with the goal.
Shortly later, Noah Rod crosschecked Mitch Marner after the play was dead, gaving Canada their first power-play of the game. Canada had a few chances, but were not able to convert on the advantage.
With four minutes to go in the opening period, Dario Meyer would deflect a point shot, giving the Swiss a 2-0 lead over Canada.
Team Canada got their first goal of the game with 23 seconds to go, as forward Dylan Strome would roof the puck past Swiss netminder Joren van Pottelberghe.
Canada would find themselves down 2-1 after the first period of play.
Although the middle-frame did not see as much goal scoring than it did in the first period, Team Canada had a much stronger period and were able to tie the game at 2-2 after forty minutes of action!
Just after the mid-way mark in the period, Joe Hicketts would be the player to give Canada their second goal of the game, after quickly shooting the puck past Pottelberghe in the slot.
With a handful of minutes left in the period, Canada had an opportunity on the power-play, as Calvin Thurkauf was sent off for a high-sticking minor. Then, shortly later, the Swiss would find themselves in trouble, as Simon Kindschi went off with a holding minor, giving Canada a two-man advantage.
Although Canada had several quality scoring opportunities on the two-man advantage, the Swiss were able to successfully kill the penalties, keeping the game tied at 2-2. Switzerland came close to scoring a shorthanded goal, too, with a nice effort from Meyer, but Blackwood made the save.
With 11:48 to go in the third period, Denis Malgin tripped Hicketts, which would give Canada yet another opportunity on the power-play. It would be a good chance to break the tie and take the lead. Like in the second period, the Swiss had a solid opportunity shorthanded with a 2-on-1, but Blackwood came up big for Canada. But again, Canada could not covert on the man advantage.
The last few minutes of the period saw exciting hockey by both Canada and Switzerland, but both teams could not break the tie, which would send the game to overtime.
The overtime period saw end-to-end action, with plenty of chances that could have ended the game, but five minutes was just not enough, so the game would be decided in the shootout.
Goals from Brayden Point and Mathew Barzal in the shootout would give Team Canada a 3-2 victory over Switzerland.
Team Canada will take on Team Sweden Thursday, December 31, in the final game of the Preliminary Round. Be sure to follow @The_HockeyHouse on Twitter for complete coverage of the World Juniors.