It may haven’t been a pretty one, but Switzerland’s solid tournament continues after a 1-0 victory over the Germans on Tuesday afternoon.
When it comes to these two teams, the speed is definitely fast, but the scoring was fairly low. Switzerland and Germany combined for just 12 shots in the first period, with the Germans, trying to avoid relegation, taking eight of them. As a result, the opening 20 didn’t give the non-sold out attendance much to get excited about, keeping the game at 0-0 after a period due to some poor 5-on-5 action.
The second period had a very quick pace, but Germany had a rough time trying to keep up to the task. Their goalie, Timo Pielmeier, did have a solid outing however. Pielmeier was a third-round selection of the San Jose Sharks back in 2007 and would eventually go on to play a game for the Anaheim Ducks during the 2010-2011 season. In the second period, the goaltender made two big glove hand saves on Kevin Fiala and Mark Streit, two of Switzerland’s biggest sharp shooters. A late period toe save on Damien Brunner helped keep the game scoreless after two periods, and after nine saves in the middle frame, it looked like he was comfortable between the pipes.
Yesterday, among various games throughout the day, the focus seemed to be on the dominance of many Nashville Predators players. Today, Roman Josi, considered to be one of the best defensemen in the entire tournament, wasn’t exactly fitting into that mold. He was easily the best player on the ice, but in to many instances in the first 40 minutes, he would end up losing the puck trying to make too many moves through the middle.
With just under eight minutes to go in the game, the Swiss were finally able to break the ice. After Brunner made a pass in front, Denis Hollenstein had the puck all alone in front of Pielmeier, deking the German league goaltender with the backhand to finally give his team the 1-0 lead. The goal was the only one the Swiss would need in the battle on Tuesday, as the Davos’ Leonardo Genoni would hold on for the shutout to give them sole possession of third place in the standings, giving them seven points after three contests.
Switzerland will be back in action tomorrow for another early game, challenging the Latvians at 10:15am EST. Germany will have tomorrow off to recover before facing one of their toughest challenges, the high-scoring Swedes.
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