Switzerland regains the lead of its group

Switzerland regains the lead of its group
Switzerland regains the lead of its group

Mission accomplished for Kurashev and Hischier,

Urs Lindt/freshfocus

The Swiss team remains undefeated at the World Championship in the Czech Republic. After its successes against Norway (5-2) at the opening of the tournament, Austria (6-5) and the Czech Republic (2-1 after penalties), the Swiss selection dominated Great Britain on Wednesday (3 -0).

With 11 points pocketed out of the 12 units at stake, the Swiss course in Prague is almost perfect. But apart from the clash against the Czechs, the Swiss have not yet had to face top-flight opponents. It will be for later: the Swiss hockey players will face Canada (this Sunday) and Finland next Tuesday for their last match of the qualifying phase. Before that, Denmark is on the program on Saturday.

Hischier shows the way

Against Great Britain on Wednesday, Patrick Fischer’s players delivered their score without forcing too much. Opposite, the British had too few arguments to put forward – especially on the offensive level – to cause the slightest problem for the Swiss team. The Swiss quickly opened the scoring thanks to Nico Hischier. The Valais captain of the New Jersey Devils exploited a combination between Kevin Fiala and Roman Josi (1-0).

Defender Dean Kukan doubled the lead (14th, 2-0), Nino Niederreiter added a third goal, in powerplay this time (39th) while Josi improved his statistics with his second assist of the evening.


Established for the first time at the World Cup after playing the last 20 minutes in the second match against Austria, goalkeeper Akira Schmid did not have much to do against the British in this one-sided duel. The Emmental goalkeeper of the New Jersey Devils only received two shots in the first period and 15 shots in total in 60 minutes.

Goalkeeper Reto Berra, due to a physical problem in the neck region, has still not reappeared since the second match of the tournament against Austria. Ditto for Gaëtan Haas from Bienne, who missed a third match in a row after being hit in the head at the opening of the tournament against Norway.

The Swiss selection, provisionally placed first in Group A ahead of the Czech Republic, Canada and Finland, will play its next match on Saturday against Denmark (12:20 p.m.).

Switzerland – Great Britain 3-0 (2-0 1-0 0-0)

Prague Arena. 15,239 spectators. Referees. Ansons, Heikkinen, Heffner and Lundgren.

Goals: 4th Hischier (Fiala, Josi) 1-0, 14th Kukan (Siegenthaler, Herzog) 2-0, 39th Niederreiter (Fiala, Josi/ 5 c 4) 3-0.

Swiss: Schmid; Glauser, Josi; Kukan, Siegenthaler; Loeffel, Marti; Jung; Fiala, Hischier, Bertschy; Niederreiter, Jäger, Andrighetto; Simion, Senteler, Herzog; Scherwey, Thürkauf, Kurashev; Ambühl. Coach: Fischer.

Britain: Whistle; O’Connor, Phillips; Batch, Mosey; Tetlow, Halbert; Ruopp, Richardson; Kirk, Perlini, Kurran; Lake, Neilson, Dowd; Norris, Lachowicz, Betteridge; Shudra, Davies, Duggan. Coach: Russell.

Penalties: 3 x 2′ against Switzerland, 3 x 2′ against Great Britain.

Notes: Switzerland without Berra, Haas or Fora (supernumeraries). Fiala misses the conversion of a penalty (2nd).




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