Team Switzer­land stuns Canada at worlds

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS -

PARIS — Jon Cooper had a sim­ple mes­sage fol­low­ing Canada’s first loss at the world hockey cham­pi­onship Satur­day: Just move on to the next game.

“This sit­u­a­tion that we’re go­ing through — I’m glad we’re go­ing through at this stage of the tour­na­ment, and not in an elim­i­na­tion game,” Canada’s head coach said fol­low­ing a stun­ning 3-2 over­time loss to Switzer­land, Canada’s first at the world cham­pi­onships since a 4-0 pre­lim­i­nary-round de­feat against Fin­land last year. “We just move on, that’s it.” Fabrice Her­zog’s sec­ond goal of the game was the over­time win­ner. Her­zog beat Calvin Pickard at the 3:40 mark of the ex­tra pe­riod af­ter the Swiss (2-2-1) erased a 2-0 deficit in the third.

“No­body lays over for Canada,” said Cooper. “This is the one that gets cir­cled on the cal­en­dar. The Swiss com­pete re­ally hard. When they play like that, you’re go­ing to get games like this some­times. They de­served (the win).”

Leonardo Genoni came on in re­lief for Switzer­land and stopped all 35 shots he faced.

Genoni, who had two shutouts ear­lier in the tour­na­ment, re­lieved starter Jonas Hiller at the 6:28 mark of the first pe­riod. Hiller was mak­ing his sec­ond start, but was beaten twice on 10 Cana­dian shots.

Ryan O’Reilly opened the scor­ing for Canada (4-0-1) on the power play at 4:22 of the first pe­riod, pick­ing up his own re­bound and de­posit­ing it off a sprawl­ing Hiller.

Mitch Marner dou­bled the lead just over two min­utes later when his pass at­tempt bounced into the net off Swiss de­fender Ro­main Lo­ef­fel. “I was just try­ing to cut it across to (Bray­den Point) there,” said Marner. “It went off a skate and luck­ily it went in.”

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