Saturday, February 18, 2006

Canada 0 Switzerland 2

I was ready with all those "more holes than Swiss cheese" goalie jokes going into Team Canada's game today against Switzerland. The joke's on me. Canada was shut out 2-0 by a hot Martin Gerber.

It's not exactly funny ha-ha.

The Swiss have arrived in a big way in this Olympic tournament. Only a couple of days ago, they beat another gold medal favorite - the Czech - in what the Swiss were calling their biggest win in their hockey history. Today's win raises their bar even further.

Team Canada was uncharacteristically undisciplined. They took way too many penalties, many of the interference kind. The Canadians were able to kill all but one of the ensuing powerplays, but even one goal would have been enough today.

Team Canada threw 49 shots on Martin Gerber. They outshot the Swiss 24-1 in the third period alone - the Swiss had 18 shots all game - but Gerber was game.

If there was any positive to be taken from the game, it's that Team Canada wasn't necessarily outworked by the Swiss. For the most part, they played their game and had chance after chance after chance. They were simply beat by a hot goalie.

It could also serve as a big wake-up call for Team Canada, whose first two games of the tournament were against low seeds, Italy and Germany. Remember that the Canadians lost 5-2 to Sweden in the 2002 Olympics and played better from there.

TSN and NBC have full game recaps; and the game stats are here.

Comments/Questions: Feel free to post in the comments section or email me at gocanucksgo10 (at) hotmail (dot) com.

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posted by J.J. Guerrero, 9:00 PM


At February 18, 2006 9:49 PM, Anonymous Danimal said...

I got off work and sat down to watch Canada beat the snot out of the Swiss. Imagine my surprise!!

All in all it was a very exciting game to watch and although I am dissappointed in my team, I can't help but feel good seeing them win such a massive, historical victory.

How about that 10 minute goal review? From every angle I seen it on, that goal was in.

At February 18, 2006 10:50 PM, Blogger hoopsjunky said...

I thought it only looked like a goal from one angle (the sorta 45 degree one).

The Canadians didn't have any puck luck at all today. Hopefully tomorrow will be different.

The Swiss deserve full credit for this win (and for the win against the Czech). No matter what happens from this point on, they are officialy the tourney's Cinderella team.


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