With the 3-2 loss to Switzerland on Friday night, Canada West has come dead last in the 2014 World Junior A Challenge standings.

The first period saw very little in terms of urgency, but both teams ramped up the pressure in the second. Sheldon Rempal got the first of his two goals just after the half-way point in the first period after he dug out the puck in a mini-scrum in front of the net and tapped it in for the 1-0 goal. He followed that up with another goal shortly after, deking out Swiss goalie Daniel Muff for the 2-0 goal in the second.

The two goal advantage didn’t last for long. Just under two minutes after Rempal gave his team the 2-0 lead, Romain Chuard made it 2-1 when his wrist shot found it’s way past Canadian goaltender Evan Weninger and beat him cleanly to end the shutout.

The Swiss were hungry to tie the game up and not finish last, and with 7:10 off the board in the third, they would make it 3-3. With Switzerland on the power-play, Sandro Forrer skated in from the corner and flicked the puck over Weninger, beating him from a tough angle to tie the game up at three apiece.

40 seconds later, Forrer’s heroics struck again. This time, his wrist shot beat a screen in front and was tipped by Tino Kessler, who gave the Swiss the go-ahead goal for the first time in the game. The lead was good enough to last in the final portion of the game, as Switzerland survived a two goal deficit to finish fifth in the 2014 World Junior A Challenge.

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Steven took a different route towards his hockey interests. Starting out as a big Habs fan, he started to gravitate towards the more obscure levels of hockey, such as the low level tournaments in Asia, strange club matches between teams most people in North America can’t pronounce, and even some 3am contests between Bulgaria and New Zealand. Aside from his love for strange hockey events, Steven occasionally acts as a mediocre ball hockey goalie following a failed attempt at making it to the NHL as a fourth line house league grinder. Beyond hockey, Steven is an avid racing fan and loves to chat about NASCAR, F1, Indycar, you name it. Oh, and don’t get him started on music. That is, unless you want the whole history of metal and a guitar lesson. Currently, Steven is a credentialed media member with the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL, as well as with the Oakville Blades of the OJHL. Steven has also hosted the television show "The Hockey House" on TVCogeco in Ontario, as well as a segment under the same with on LeafsTV in Toronto. Home page: http://www.thehockeyhouse.net

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