With a 3-2 win over Belarus on Saturday, Switzerland has won the Arosa Challenge for the second time in the tournament’s history.

The Arosa Challenge, a two day, four team national tournament in Arosa, Switzerland, is a short international event that gives teams a chance to practice together prior to the World Championships in May. The Swiss fans were delighted to get offense from Simon Moser, Inti Pestoni and Denis Hollenstein, with the latter two scoring in the closing stages to help overcome the Belorussians. Belarus got goals from Pavel Radzvadovski and Vyacheslav Andryushenko during the second period, but their effort wasn’t good enough in the end to take the gold.

In the evening game, Norway secured the bronze over Slovakia thanks to a 3-1 victory. Stefan Espeland and Jonas Espeland both scored in the third period to overcome the Slovaks, who tied it up 1-1 near the start of the first period.

The 2014 Arosa Challenge was the fourth edition of the tournament since the inception in 2010, with a year of in 2011. Back in 2012, the Swiss won their first tournament with the helpful additions of six NHLer’s, who were overseas due to the NHL lockout.

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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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