|Canada 6||FINAL||Switzerland 1|
|WJHC Semifinal #1|
|Canada Record: 4-0-0, bye to semifinal|
|Switzerland Record: 3-2-0, defeated Russia to reach semifinal|
|Date: Jan 3 @ 3:00 PM MST|
That picture is of Nino Niederreiter, the Swiss forward who has been garnering a fair bit of attention this tourney, and the player that helped the Swiss to the unthinkable – a victory over the Russians. Get used to that face, because we’re going to see a fair bit of him in Sunday’s game.
This isn’t the first meeting between the two teams this tournament. Canada beat the Swiss 6-0 the first time they met, in the preliminary round. But even so, I hope the Canadians take them seriously. Look for a more inspired game from the Swiss and perhaps a tighter game.
I expect the Canadians will win this one though. My prediction is 7-2. I think the Swiss have a strong, hardworking, blue-collar team. But the Canadian powerplay is just unbelievable right now. It is currently at 43.3%. The Swiss are going to have to play a very disciplined hockey game if they hope to take down the Canadians. Of course that PP stat is inflated, having unloaded on a couple of lesser teams. But if I’m coaching another team in this tourney, I don’t want to face that powerplay.
Here are the Oilers Prospects stats:
|EDMONTON OILERS PROSPECT WATCH|
Also, just a reminder… we can catch more of Magnus Paajarvi-Svenson and Anton Lander on Sunday in a game vs. USA. It is televised on TSN and starts at 7:00PM MST.
POST GAME RANT
This one is over. Started off close, in the first.. but the Canadians really opened up in the 2nd and 3rd. Got a bit chippy in the 3rd. Fuglister hit Hamonic from behind with about a minute and 30 left. Hamonic left the game hurt, and Fuglister earned the 5-minute major.
Players of the game: Swiss – Jorg. Canada – Scandella.
Canada will play the winner of the Sweden vs. USA game (7:00PM MST Tonight). They will play the winner Tuesday at 6:00PM MST.