Ice hockey: Switzerland still can’t do it against Sweden

Switzerland still can’t do it against Sweden

Published today at 10:27 p.m.

The national team roster grew in stature with the arrivals during the week of Chicago Blackhawks forward Philipp Kurashev, as well as three members of the New Jersey Devils, center Nico Hischier, defenseman Jonas Siegenthaler and goalkeeper Akira Schmid.

To face Sweden on Thursday in Kloten as part of the Betano Hockey Games, national coach Patrick Fischer began by appointing Hischier as captain of the national team, a role that the Devils leader had already taken on two years ago during the World Cup in Finland.

The Valaisan formed an attacking trio with Kurashev and the MVP of the National League regular season, the Zougois of HC Lugano, Calvin Thürkauf. In defense, Siegenthaler took his place alongside Chaux-de-Fonnier’s Romain Loeffel (CP Berne), while goalkeeper Akira Schmid spent the evening in the stands while Reto Berra defended the nets, with Leonardo Genoni as understudy.

Thürkauf scorer

In front of more than 4,500 spectators in Kloten, the Swiss and Swedes held each other in check for a long time. The first period, which Fischer’s team negotiated well, ended in a goalless result (0-0). The same goes for the second half, during which no team managed to find a solution to take the advantage.

Fribourg-Gottéron goalkeeper, Reto Berra, was unable to do anything in the third period to prevent the Swedes from opening the score in the 52nd minute (Zetterlund, 1-0). On the other hand, he can blame himself for having let an innocuous shot from Brodin slip through his pads only 57 seconds after the 1-0 (53rd, 2-0). The Swiss still got back on track thanks to a good shot from Thürkauf into the top of the net (56th, 1-2). The national team has not beaten Sweden in 16 matches.

With which play-off finalists?

The Swiss selection is heading to the Czech Republic, in Brno, where it will face Finland on Saturday (12 p.m.) and the Czech Republic on Sunday (4 p.m.). She will then start the World Championship on May 10 against Norway in Prague.

Possible reinforcements from the Swiss champions (Zurich) and the finalist (Lausanne) will still join the Swiss group. It remains to be seen whether goalkeeper Connor Hughes, brilliant with the LHC in the play-offs, will still obtain one of the three places reserved for goalkeepers. One certainty: Damien Riat will not be there for family reasons.

Defenders Andrea Glauser, Fabian Heldner and Lukas Frick, who all have experience at the World Championship, are the Lausanne players best placed to be called up by Patrick Fischer.

Cyrill Pasche has been a journalist at the Sport-Center agency since 2015. He joined the editorial staff of “Matin” and “Matin Dimanche” in 2013. He covers in particular news from Swiss and international ice hockey as well as athletics. More informations @c9pasche

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