Hockey World Cup: Switzerland provides the essentials against the “red lantern”

Hockey World Cup: Switzerland provides the essentials against the “red lantern”
Hockey World Cup: Switzerland provides the essentials against the “red lantern”

Switzerland did not tremble for its 4th match of the World Championship in Prague. Patrick Fischer’s men dominated Great Britain 3-0.

There are no longer small teams according to the established formula, but this meeting against Great Britain should not normally pose a problem for a serious Swiss team with so much talent in its squad.

And that’s what happened, even if it wasn’t the offensive festival that some might have expected. Patrick Fischer’s players should have opened the scoring in the 2nd when Kevin Fiala was able to take a penalty for a previous foul on Nino Niederreiter, but the Saint-Gallois was frustrated by goalkeeper Jackson Whistle. Except that the latter could not do anything two minutes later when Fiala, Josi and Hischier combined to make it 1-0. The 2-0 fell in the 14th on a relatively simple shot from Dean Kukan, but the British goaltender let the puck slip behind his line.

During the second period, Senteler hit the post in the 29th (the Swiss hit the metal three times) and it was finally Nino Niederreiter who tripled the lead in the 39th on a power-play prepared by Roman Josi and Kevin Fiala.

Whitewash for Schmid

Akira Schmid had some difficult saves to make, but the Bernese had a rather quiet first full match in front of his cage. The New Jersey Devils goalkeeper signs a shutout in his first start. The Swiss showed themselves to be very solid, always respecting the English, even during periods when Swiss superiority was glaring.

After four matches, Switzerland remains undefeated and finds itself at the top of its group with eleven points out of twelve possible. She has one and a half skates in the quarterfinals and should validate her ticket on Saturday, unless the other teams lose more feathers along the way between now and then.

Switzerland is entitled to two days of rest before a weekend which will see it face Denmark on Saturday at 12:20 p.m. and especially Canada of Connor Bedard on Sunday evening at 8:20 p.m.


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