It was by no means pretty, but Canada took care of business in the quarterfinals, defeating Switzerland 6-3 on Wednesday night to advance to the semifinals at the 2022 World Juniors.
Logan Stankoven had two goals and an assist, earning Player of the Game honors for Canada. Tyson Foerster, Jack Thompson, Nathan Gaucher and Will Cuylle added tallies in the win, while Dylan Garand made 23 saves on 26 shots faced.
Canada used a four-goal first period to get the victory and advance to the semis on Friday. The team will wait and see the results of the USA-Czechia quarterfinal matchup in order to find out who it will be matched up with.
Switzerland received two goals from Attilio Biasca and Simon Knak in the loss. The country remains winless against Canada in the history of the World Juniors.
With the Swiss eliminated from competition, their three best players of the tournament were announced at the conclusion of the game, going to Dario Allenspach, Kank and Biasca.
The Sporting News will provide live updates and highlights from the Canada-Switzerland matchup at the 2022 World Juniors.
Canada vs. Switzerland score
Canada vs. Switzerland live updates, highlights from 2022 World Juniors
FINAL: Canada 6, Switzerland 3
9:29 p.m. — It wasn’t pretty, nor easy, but Canada gets the job done and is moving on to the semifinals. A lot to learn from this one for Dave Cameron’s crew that must be adjusted in order to get gold.
9:24 p.m. — GOAL! Empty-net goal for Stankoven, his second tally of the night. What a game for the Stars draft pick and CHL Player of the Year.
9:21 p.m. — Empty net for Switzerland with over three minutes left.
9:18 p.m. — Canada just got away with six skaters on the ice for a good 10 seconds. The Swiss bench didn’t pick up on it, neither did the officials.
9:14 p.m. — Wow, Bedard was left all alone in front of Pasche and was inches away from a goal. He stuffs it in between Pasche’s legs but Despont makes an excellent play with his skate, kicking the puck away from the goal line and keeping it out of the net.
9:13 p.m. — An excellent shift from the new third line, with Desnoyers now centering Dufour and Roy in place of the injured Greig. A lot of puck movement on the perimeter and a couple of shots towards the ent, but nothing too dangerous. However, the further the puck is from Garand at the other end, the better.
9:10 p.m. — I mentioned Bedard’s physicality when he becomes frustrated. He hasn’t gotten the chances offensively tonight, and we’re seeing him hit more and get into it with Swiss defenders. It’s not uncommon to see opponents try and disturb him, but he’s clearly playing with an edge and dishing it out first rather than giving it back.
9:05 p.m. — Othmann and Despont are sent off for roughing after getting into it in front of the Swiss net. They continue to jaw at each other in box. It’ll be 4 on 4 for two minutes.
9:02 p.m. — Switzerland has come out and been the better team to start the third. The desperation isn’t quite there yet, but the offensive pressure is building.
8:56 p.m. — Things are getting physical. Giancarlo Chanton steps up on Stankoven before he gets the puck and Stankoven knocks Chanton’s helmet off.
End 2nd period: Canada 5, Switzerland 3
8:36 p.m. — Canada maintains its two-goal lead as both teams finds the back of the net once in the middle frame. This has been by no means Canada’s best effort, but it hasn’t had to be.
8:28 p.m. — Switzerland gets called for too many men on the ice. It looks like Sebrango and Biasca got tangled up as Biasca was coming off the ice, but Sebrango pinned him against the boards. A fairly weak too many men call, if anything it probably could have been interference on Sebrango, but Canada gets its first power play.
8:23 p.m. — With under eight minutes left, we have our first penalty. Gaucher is called for high-sticking, he got his stick up on Dario Allenspach while he was driving the net.
8:22 p.m. — Brennan Othmann just blew up Rodwin Dionicio below the Swiss goal line. Dionicio got caught admiring his pass just a tad and Othmann made him pay.
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8:21 p.m. — Pasche’s glove as been really good. Just stopped a Foerster shot and Thompson shot on back-to-back shifts. He catches with his right hand, which is uncommon for goalies.
8:16 p.m. — Bedard lays a good, clean hit on Simon Knak. He hasn’t shied away from the physical play, especially when you can see he’s getting frustrated.
8:13 p.m. — GOAL! The Swiss continue to take advantage of sloppy plays by Canada in its own zone and Biasca has its second. It starts with a bad pass by Garand, who passes it to Donovan Sebrango with a Swiss attacker on him. Sebrango is forced to make a quick backhand pass up the middle, which is picked off by Biasca and he beats Garand.
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8:06 p.m. — GOAL! Will Cuylle comes right off the bench, cuts to the net, takes a feed from Olen Zellweger at the point and beats Pasche on the short side high. What a feed by Zellweger going through the slot to find Cuylle. It all started with Kent Johnson working his way around the perimeter of the Swiss zone, eventually passing the puck off and changing for Cuylle.
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7:59 p.m. — As the second period begins, word is that Ridly Greig is out for the rest of the contest. He was hit midway through the first by Vincent Despont and appeared to be laboring his left arm. He went down the tunnel and did not return. It seemed like a fairly blatant interference by Despont, but it went uncalled.
End 1st period: Canada 4, Switzerland 2
7:42 p.m. — Not a bad period by Canada, not a great one either, but regardless, the hosts lead 4-2 after a period. There are certainly some concerns about Canada and its defensive awareness in its own zone, but they are so good offensively that it hasn’t hurt them (yet). Logan Stankoven was all over the ice and was by far the best player, securing a goal and an assist.
7:40 p.m. — GOAL! With 8.2 seconds left, Switzerland gets its second goal of the game as Attilio Biasca beats Garand on the blocker side. Canada had defenders around Biasca, but they weren’t covering him, allowing him to field a pass by Fahrni cleanly and get a shot by Garand. A huge goal for the Swiss.
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7:36 p.m. — Welcome to the game Kevin Pasche, as he makes a sensational pad stop on Brennan Othmann to negate another Canada goal. A pretty passing play by Canada that Othmann just can’t finish.
7:34 p.m. — GOAL! Floodgates are opening, as Nathan Gaucher slaps at a loose puck in the pads of Patenaude and it finds its way into the net. That’s just bad rebound control by Patenaude, who can’t control a fairly easy shot from Elliot Desnoyers that was along the ice. Kevin Pasche comes in to replace Patenaude in net. About three minutes left in the first and it’s 4-1.
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7:30 p.m. — GOAL! Stankoven makes it 3-1 Canada as he collects his own rebound and pots it into the empty net. Another horrible turnover by the Swiss leads to Stankoven with puck on his stick at the dot. His initial shot clangs off the post, but comes right to Stankoven crashing the net and he taps it in. The goal came moments after Stankoven set up Foerster nicely on the back door, but Foerster missed high.
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7:25 p.m. — GOAL! Jack Thompson gives Canada the lead back, as he slams home a loose puck from a Ronan Seeley shot. Seeley’s shot was blocked and deflected over to the right side, where Thompson was unattended. Mats Alge had blocked a Thompson one-timer earlier in the shift and was laboring. He was supposed to be covering Thompson, but was in a ton of pain from the shot and couldn’t get in there in time.
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7:24 p.m. — Talk about bad turnovers, the Swiss just had the worst one of the day, as a pass back to no one sends Stankoven in all alone. The puck was too far out in front of him, and he had to rush a shot, and was denied by Patenaude.
7:23 p.m. — A strong power move by Ridley Gregig, who steals the puck away from the Swiss defender, cuts to the post ands tries to stuff it five-hole on Patenaude, but it stays out.
7:20 p.m. — A neutral zone turnover by Canada leads to Josh Fahrni coming in on a 2 on 1, gets a great look but fires it right into the gut of Garand. Canada has had some good looks, but again, they’re having trouble with the puck in their end of the ice.
7:15 p.m. — Canada could not have asked for a better start with the Foerster goal … and could not have had a worse response after. Credit to the Swiss for immediately answering and applying offensive pressure, but Canada doesn’t look comfortable in their own zone. They haven’t had to play a ton in their defensive zone, and we’ve seen flashes of it at times where they aren’t totally structured.
7:12 p.m. — GOAL! And just like that, it’s a tie game. Simon Knak has a nice tip on a Brian Zanetti shot that bounces down onto the ice and by Dylan Garand. 1-1 less than three minutes in.
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7:09 p.m. — GOAL! That didn’t take long. Just 67 seconds into the game and Tyson Foerster finds the back of the net, his third game in a row with a goal. Nice feed from Logan Stankoven to hit Foerster streaking in on the right side and he fires it passed Noah Patenaude.
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6 p.m. — Interesting decision by Dave Cameron, as he switches Brennan Othmann and Will Cuylle. Othmann had been skating with Connor Bedard and Mason McTavish and had six points in only three games (he was scratched in the opener). Cuylle provides a little more defense, but don’t be surprised to see Cameron make an in-game switch if it isn’t working.
Here are your lines for Canada and Switzerland.
Rangers prospects Will Cuylle and Brennan Othmann swap lines, with Cuylle joining Bedard and McTavish on L1. As productive as they’ve been, that line has been hemmed in a little too much. Likely hoping Cuylle helps there. pic.twitter.com/b93qFe1p10
— Scott Wheeler (@scottcwheeler) August 17, 2022
What channel is Canada vs. Switzerland on today?
- Canada: TSN4
- United States: NHL Network
TSN has all the World Juniors action in Canada. In the United States, viewers can find the games on NHL Network.
Gord Miller and Mike Johnson will be on the call live in Edmonton. James Duthie and Bob McKenzie will provide analysis during intermissions.
How to live stream World Juniors hockey games
- Canada: TSN.ca, TSN app
- United States: fuboTV (free trial)
Fans in Canada can stream all World Juniors games at TSN.ca or the TSN app. U.S. fans can stream the tournament on fuboTV (free trial), NHL.tv or the NHL app.
Canada vs. Switzerland start time
- Time: 7 p.m. ET (5 p.m. local)
The puck drops at 7 p.m. ET, 5 p.m. local time, from Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alta., home of the NHL’s Oilers and WHL’s Oil Kings.
Canada vs. Switzerland odds
- Canada: -5.5 (-119)
- Switzerland: +5.5 (-116)
Canada is a 5.5-goal favorite on the puckline for the contest against Switzerland at the World Juniors, according to Sports Interaction.
Canada World Juniors schedule 2022
(All times Eastern)
|Date||Opponent||Result||Time (ET), TV|
|Aug. 10||Latvia||W, 5-2||6 p.m. (TSN, NHLN)|
|Aug. 11||Slovakia||W, 11-1||6 p.m. (TSN, NHLN)|
|Aug. 13||Czechia||W, 5-1||6 p.m. (TSN, NHLN)|
|Aug. 15||Finland||W, 6-3||6 p.m. (TSN, NHLN)|
|Aug. 17||Switzerland (quarterfinals)||—||7 p.m. (TSN, NHLN)|
|Aug. 19||Semifinals||—||TBD (TSN, NHLN)|
|Aug. 20||Bronze/gold||—||TBD (TSN, NHLN)|