The last time these two teams met was a tight game, with Canada edging Switzerland 3-2 in the 2014 quarter-finals on a goal by Travis Konecny with 30 seconds to go in regulation.
But this time around, penalty trouble and missed opportunities buried the Swiss early, as they fell 4-1 to the Canadians, who are now 2-0 in the tourney.
Coquitlam’s Matt Barzal got on the board four minutes into the game, 13 seconds into Canada’s first power play, pouncing on a puck after a centering effort from captain Mitchell Stephens (Peterborough) along the boards and finishing off goaltender Joren van Pottelbergher with a backhand shot. Thomas Chabot (St. Marie de Beauce, QC) got the second assist.
The Swiss weren’t able to generate enough pressure on the Canadians early on. Canada got into penalty trouble in the latter half of the period, giving up a two-man advantage but nevertheless was able to kill off both penalties and frustrate the Swiss attack.
Barzal put his team up by two goals unassisted, early in the second period, taking possession at centre ice and putting a good deke on Jonas Siegenthaler before throwing the puck on net. Siegenthaler, who has had an up-and-down U18 campaign so far, turned and tried to stop the puck, only to have it bounce off the blade of his stick and into the back of the net.
Switzerland fell further behind midway through the second period. Pottelbergher stopped a shot attempt from North Vancouver’s Jansen Harkins in the slot area, but Nicolas Roy (Amos, QC) was on the spot for the rebound, giving Canada the 3-0 lead. Parker Wotherspoon (Surrey) got the second apple.
Switzerland gave itself some life with under two minutes to go in the second frame. Denis Malgin set up linemate Dominik Diem for a one-timer past goaltender Evan Cormier (Bowmanville,ON), cutting the lead to 3-1 going into the third.
But the Canadians quashed any ideas of a comeback early in the third with another power play goal, from Anthony Beauvillier (Sorel, QC) assisted by Stephens and Barzal to close out the scoring.
Canada cruised the rest of the way.
Along with Russia and Finland, Canada remains the only undefeated team at the 2015 IIHf U18 World Championship.
The Canadians will face the Czech Republic Sunday, while the Swiss, still searching for their first win, will play against Latvia on Monday.
Roster – 5 BC Players on squad:
|Evan Cormier||G||6’2”||198||11/6/97||Bowmanville, Ont.||Saginaw (OHL)|
|Zachary Sawchenko||G||6’0”||168||12/30/97||Calgary, Alta./Alb.||Moose Jaw (WHL)|
|Ethan Bear||R||6’0”||204||6/26/97||Ochapowace, Sask.||Seattle (WHL)|
|Guillaume Brisebois||L||6’2”||173||7/21/97||St-Hilaire, Que.||Acadie-Bathurst (QMJHL)|
|Kyle Capobianco||L||6’1”||170||8/13/97||Mississauga, Ont.||Sudbury (OHL)|
|Thomas Chabot||L||6’2”||179||1/30/97||Ste-Marie-de-Beauce, Que.||Saint John (QMJHL)|
|Jérémy Roy||R||6’0”||182||5/14/97||Richelieu, Que.||Sherbrooke (QMJHL)|
|Matthew Spencer||R||6’2”||201||3/24/97||Oakville, Ont.||Peterborough (OHL)|
|Parker Wotherspoon||L||6’0”||170||8/24/97||Surrey, B.C.||Tri-City (WHL)|
|Mathew Barzal||R||6’0”||177||5/26/97||Coquitlam, B.C.||Seattle (WHL)|
|Anthony Beauvillier||L||5’10”||181||6/8/97||Sorel, Que.||Shawinigan (QMJHL)|
|Glenn Gawdin||R||6’1”||181||3/25/97||Richmond, B.C.||Swift Current (WHL)|
|Jansen Harkins||L||6’1”||180||5/23/97||North Vancouver, B.C.||Prince George (WHL)|
|Nathan Noel||R||6’0”||168||6/21/97||St. John’s, N.L.||Saint John (QMJHL)|
|Nicolas Roy||R||6’4”||202||2/5/97||Amos, Que.||Chicoutimi (QMJHL)|
|Deven Sideroff||R||5’11”||178||4/14/97||Summerland, B.C.||Kamloops (WHL)|
|Mitchell Stephens||R||5’11”||182||2/5/97||Peterborough, Ont.||Saginaw (OHL)|
|Under-age players selected for pre-competition camp|
|Stuart Skinner||L||6’4”||196||11/1/98||Edmonton, Alta./Alb.||Lethbridge (WHL)|
|Tyler Benson||L||6’0”||196||3/15/98||Edmonton, Alta./Alb.||Vancouver (WHL)|
|Pierre-Luc Dubois||L||6’1”||180||6/24/98||Ste-Agathe-des-Monts, Que./Qc||Cape Breton (QMJHL)|
|Brett Howden||L||6’2”||187||3/29/98||Oakbank, Man.||Moose Jaw, Sask.|
|Jordan Kyrou||R||5’11”||169||8/5/98||Toronto, Ont.||Sarnia (OHL)|
|Michael McLeod||R||6’1”||184||2/3/98||Mississauga, Ont.||Mississauga (OHL)|
– See more at: https://www.bchockeyhub.ca/barzal-harkins-lead-5-bc-players-selected-to-canadas-u-18-team/#sthash.UtoOqTNn.dpuf