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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