Tuesday, December 29, 2015

World Juniors December 29 -- Canada vs Switzerland

Canada turned a page from their disappointment of game one in their loss to the USA, making the most of their scoring opportunities in their second appearance at the World Junior Championships on Monday.

Denmark provided the tune up competition for Canada on Monday and with 56 shot on net, the Canadians clearly worked out a few of their offensive plans over the sixty minutes of play.

Team Canada will be looking to improve their record on Tuesday, as they take on the Swiss in game three of the Finnish adventure for the Canadians.

Making the most of their Monday match up with the Danes and using the rhythm that they developed Canada will be seeking to take the play to a Swiss team that has a few problems of their own in these early days of the World Juniors.

One key concern for fans of the Swiss is a short handed situation of their own making following their earlier suspension troubles against Sweden in game one. That however may not give the Swiss pause to reduce the hard hitting nature of their game, which at times resembles the more physical play found in Canadian junior rinks.

And if the Swiss hope to find success against the Canadians, that is probably their best strategy, while hoping to avoid to many penalties that may provide power play opportunities for their competitors.

The Swiss will be well rested, having had Monday off at the Tournament, while a Canadian who has had some significant downtime in recent days may finally see his first bit of action in the tournament.

Goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood has served his eight game OHL suspension, honoured by the IIHF and if they wish the Canadian coaching staff can bring him into the tournament with the Swiss match up.

Rested as he is and considered to be one of the top goaltenders to arrive in the tournament, Blackwood if he gets the nod will handed the task of shutting down the Swiss while Canada's offensive units look to pick up where they left off on Monday with the Danes.

Switzerland 2 vs Canada 3    summary  Overtime Shootout

Post Game Notes:

December 29 -- Brayden Point, Canada's world junior captain, a 'guy who knows how to win'
December 29 -- Canada needs shootout to defeat Swiss at world junior
December 29 -- Canada survives shootout to edge Switzerland
December 29 -- Matt Barzal's shootout winner leads Canada over swiss at world juniors
December 29 -- Canada defeats Switzerland after world juniors shootout
December 29 -- Five key moments in Canada's win over Swiss at world juniors

Preview Notes:

December 28 -- Five things to watch in Canada vs. Switzerland
December 28 -- Canada back on track with win over Denmark

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