the Latvians are a very different opponent than the Italians, it was obvious from the start. So the game evolved into a game of patience, and the Swiss passed the first test. The crucial 2:1 Nico Hischier scored 57. Minute. First of all, the number 1 Draft failed even from a short distance at the Latvian Keeper Elvis Merzlikins, before he succeeded in the second attempt. Previously, Roman Josi had the Puck in the direction of the gate, where at first Vincent Praplan find out and come after good. For the first 20-year-old Hischier it was the sixth game in the sixth, hit an incredible rate. 41 seconds before the end, Simon Moser made with a shot into the empty case everything is clear.
The 2:1 should have been earlier. After the Lette Miks Jose due to high Stock twice in two minutes (38.) had received, transported Lauris Darzins 36 seconds after that, the disc from the game box, and had to also in the cooler. The Swiss could not beat the two minute double Majority, but not capital, for example, Hischier from a good Position hit the gate, shortly after the second break Kevin Fiala at the Latvian Keeper Merzlikins, who showed a very strong game failed.
Hofmann meets to assist by Kuraschew
Although the Swiss started with a high intensity, you expressed but against the well-positioned and physically strong Latvians effort to get good qualifications. In this respect, it was symptomatic that they had the best Chance in the first third on the Powerplay - Gaëtan Haas failed from a short distance to Merzlikins.
In the 34. Minute Gregory Hofmann succeeded, but the 1:0. The groundwork of the 19-year-old Philipp Kuraschew, who was waiting in the Slot in front of the goal in the style of the old-hands long and then also a bit of luck, expressed that the Puck came via the Latvians Rudolf Balcers to Hofmann, who could easily slide in the provided. The future striker of the EV Zug, who had been in the past qualifications in the National League with 30 goals, the number 1 in these statistics, scored his fifth goal in the last six Games in the national dress.
in Latvia with a strong Powerplay
The leadership was not, however, the required level of safety. Shortly thereafter, Haas had a good Chance of the Balts on the penalty bench. And the Latvians took advantage after just 13 seconds to compensate for the gate Miks Jose, the 50 achieved. WM-game denied. Even the ZSC-master coach Bob Hartley very good control of Eastern Europeans in the Powerplay presented themselves very strong. In front of the 2:1, the Swiss had to survive in some delicate moments, which succeeded thanks to the last use and the convincing Goalie Leonardo Genoni.
The fishing team enjoys a day of rest, marriage on Tuesday evening by Austria to the opponent. The Swiss Roger Bader-trained Team is after two games still punktelos. Lightly, the Swiss are not allowed to take to the neighbors, however, in the last two duels at the world Championships in 2015 and 2018 as they had to twice in the Overtime four years ago, she lost a shoot-out in penalty.
Latvia - Switzerland 1:3 (0:0, 1:1, 0:2)
Bratislava. - 9033 viewers.
SR Iverson/Kaukokari (CAN/FIN), Hancock/Lhotsky (USA/CZE).
goals: 34. (33:44) Hofmann (Kuraschew, Martschini) 0:1. 35. (34:15) Jose (Balcers/Exclusion Haas) In 1:1. 57. Hischier (Praplan, Josi) 1:2. 60. (59:19) Simon Moser 1:3 (into an empty net).
penalties: 5 times 2 minutes against Latvia, 6 times 2 minutes against Switzerland.
Latvia: Merzlikins; Galvins, Cibulskis; Freiberg, Stonieks; Kulda, Balinskis; Zile; Jose, Blugers, Darzins; Kenins, Balcers, Abols; Meija, Roberts Bukarts, Rihards Bukarts; Gegeris, Dzierkals, Marenis; Batna.
Switzerland: Genoni; Weber, Josi; Janis Moser, Diaz; Genazzi, Spoon; Fora, Frick; Praplan, Hischier, Fiala; Ambühl, Haas, Simon Moser; Martschini, Kuraschew, Hofmann; Rod, Bertschy, Scherwey.
remarks: in Switzerland without Mayer (substitute goalkeeper), Berra (surplus), Andrighetto, Bertaggia and Riat (not yet reported). - Powerplay-Yield: Latvia 1/6; Switzerland 0/4. Shots: Latvia 21 (6-8-7); Switzerland, 37 (9-13-15). (dho/sda)
Created: 12.05.2019, 22:38 PM