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The Canadians vouched for the dirt! Switzerland inflicted their first World Cup defeat

Date: March 4, 2024 Time: 01:46:17

The Canadians vouched for the dirt! Switzerland inflicted their first World Cup defeat

Egor Torishny May 20, 2023, 19:13 Moscow time Audio version: Your browser does not support the audio element.

The controversial refereeing decisions did not prevent the Alpine team from beating the Maples and leading Group B.

Switzerland is slowly becoming one of Canada’s most uncomfortable rivals internationally. In 2018, it was the Alpine team that bested the all-star lineup led by McDavid in the World Cup semifinals; at the 2019 World Cup, the Canadians escaped defeat in the quarterfinals by 59:59. Last year, the Swiss scored six goals in a group stage match. Even in their best line-up at the 2010 home Olympics, the Canadiens beat the yet-to-be drafted first-team Alpines only on shootouts.

Patrick Fischer’s team have done everything they can in recent years to establish themselves as the best team in the world outside of the “big six”, and the 2023 World Cup was the next step in achieving that. The Swiss started with three clean sheets in a row: an impressive achievement even considering the fact that the level of the opposition was not impressive. In the match with the Slovaks, the Alpines still conceded two goals, but they managed to limit the fast and goal-oriented team to only 13 shots per game and won their fourth game. The match with the Canadians, taking into account the failures of the same Czechs, looked like an early battle for the first place in the group.

The Swiss played better in the first half and looked like a much quicker team. Initially, it appeared that the Maples, unlike their American neighbors, were going for size and power, rather than speed and technique, but surprisingly, they didn’t have the likes of Hishir. At the same time, Fischer’s players did not try to create something extremely original and most often loaded Samuel Montembo with pitches. The Montreal goalkeeper, however, managed to deal with them and even made a cool save.

However, already in the first half, the strange refereeing of the Swedish-Danish team drew attention. The Canadians could have easily gone for three, but the referee did not send off Pierre-Olivier Joseph due to the fact that he was in the minority for a few seconds, furiously grabbing Nino Niederreiter’s stick. In the second half, the captain of the Swiss was at the epicenter of the scandal. Joe Veleno sliced ​​Niederreiter on the ankle with his skate, for which he could well have received an ejection for the rest of the game, but the whistle fell silent. As Veleno continued to push, Niederreiter himself pushed the opponent, whereupon the Detroit forward spectacularly collapsed onto the ice.


The Swiss received a penalty, which was converted by Tyler Toffoli. However, even in the second period, the Swiss team managed to take the lead. First scored Niko Hishir, who first won the fight for the puck, and then stood out for his individual ability. Five minutes later, after a click from the defender, Dario Simion was the most agile in the penny and finished off the puck into the goal.

In the third half, it looks like the Canadians had to dive in and crush the opponent in their zone, but they couldn’t even paint a long positional attack – it was all based mostly on individual passes. But the Swiss responded with a super-veteran goal: Andrés Ambül reached his 18th (!) World Championship, in the match with Slovakia he already made an assist, without looking at his teammate at all. Now the 39-year-old striker from Davos has also scored a goal, which also came from a penny.

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At the end of the match, Hishir himself was able to score a double and guarantee the victory of the team, but he frankly bluffed by going to nil. Literally a minute later, Michael Carcone successfully played in the touch-up, giving the match a nervous ending, but nothing more. The final assault on the Canadians failed, and the Swiss claimed their fifth consecutive victory. The Alpine team has 100% points and excellent chances to take first place in the Riga group.

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