Canada upset by Switzerland at the World Championship

The Canadians will play Team USA for the bronze medal

Paul Hamilton
May 19, 2018 - 4:15 pm

Photo: Petr David Josek - Associated Press

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(WGR) - Switzerland has pulled two unbelievable upsets at the World Championship beating Finland and then Canada. The Swiss will now meet Sweden for the Gold Medal on Sunday.

Canada didn’t give up a shot in the final 15 minutes of the game and pressed goaltender Leonardo Genoni hard, but the Canadians were down by two and could only score one more with its goaltender pulled and 2:07 left in the game. In the third period Canada outshot Switzerland 18-1. 

Genoni made a huge save on Connor McDavid (EDM) as time ran out to preserve the win.

In the third period, the Sabres Ryan O’Reilly hit the post, but he wound up scoreless for the game in 19:30 of work. He now has four goals and no assists in nine games.

Canada got behind early, but tied the game in the second period when Bo Horvat (VAN) scored from the left circle.

Switzerland answered with two power play goals and Canada went to work trying to solve Genoni. Genoni made 43 saves on the game while Canadian goalie Darcy Kuemper (ARZ) stopped 14. The first goal by Tristan Scherwey came from the left circle and should’ve been stopped.

I mentioned early in the tournament that Canada would eventually pay for its poor goaltending and it finally did. In seven games, Kuemper has a save percentage of .867.

McDavid was one of the three best players selected for Canada and with his assist, is third in tournament scoring with five goals and 12 assists for 17 points. The other two chosen as Canada’s best players were Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (EDM) who has five goals and three assists for eight points and Aaron Ekblad (FLOR) who has one goal and five assists for six points. Colton Parayko (STL) has four goals and four assists for eight points and scored some big goals and played strong defense for Canada. I would’ve picked him over Nugent-Hopkins in a landslide.

Team Canada will play the United States on Sunday for the Bronze Medal.  

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