Canada East have begun the 2014 World Junior A Challenge on a low note, losing 4-3 in overtime to Switzerland.

The Swiss needed just 7:16 to get the first period’s only goal. Six seconds into Ryan Garvey’s penalty, Damien Riat’s point shot made it past Blade Mann-Dixon to make it 1-0 Switzerland. Canada East was the more offensive team in the first, outshooting the Swiss 12-8 after 20 minutes of play, but Joren Van Pottelberghe stood tall early to secure the lead.

Canada would beat Van Pottelberghe just 27 seconds into the second, however. Aurora Tigers defenseman Callum Fryer, who has just one goal this season in the OJHL, fired one from the point and beat the Swiss goaltender cleanly for the tying marker.

Canada hoped to get the go-ahead goal from Oakville Blades forward Ryan Garvey, but his shootout attempt early in the period would go unsuccessful. The disappointment didn’t last for long, however, as Kyle Locke capitalized on the power-play at 7:46 to give Canada their first lead in the game.

The lead didn’t last for long. Switzerland’s Misha Moor, who plays with the Ambrì-Piotta organization in Switzerland, answered back just 22 seconds later with a point shot to tie it back up at two apiece.

Canada continued to out-shoot Switzerland, and they started off their 20-shot third period effort with a goal just four minutes into the final regulation frame by Lucas Batt. Despite a 14 shot advantage over the Swiss, the visiting team would tie it up late to put a dagger in the heart of the hometown team. With 3:10 to go, Timo Haussener went to the backhand on a mini-breakaway for the 3-3 goal.

The game couldn’t find a victor in the overtime, so it would have to end with a shootout. Canada’s final shooter, Drake Board, looked to have potentially scored with a wrist shot attempt over the glove of Van Pottelberghe, but it hit the crossbar and didn’t make it over the line. Instead, Auguste Impose’s goal was good enough for the Swiss to win it, taking home the 4-3 victory.

Canada will have the day off on Tuesday, returning to action to take on the United States in their final preliminary round game. Switzerland will finish a back-to-back at the tournament on Monday, also taking on the Americans.

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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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