IIHF World Championship Day 3 – Team Switzerland is on a roll, Read with a goal, Kovar heading to KHL

Day three of the IIHF World Championships:

France-Austria 3-1

Team France started very well leading by two goals just five minutes into the first period. They added one more in the second period and Austria was only able to manage one goal.

Belarus-Slovenia 4-3

Team Belarus won 4-3 after losing their first game to the Czech Republic. Alexei Ugarov scored the game-winning goal with four minutes remaining in the third period.

Russia-Germany 4-1

Noebels – healthy scratch

Bryzgalov – healthy scratch

Team Russia beat Germany 4-1 winning their 12th straight (including the last World Championships). Ilya Kovalchuk netted a hattrick. After a good start against Finland Germany looked like an easy opponent for the Russian team.

Switzerland-Canada 3-2 SO

Claude Giroux 0+0, 50 % FO, 2 PIM, 21:44 TOI

Matt Read 1+0, 17:04 TOI

Wayne SImmonds 0+0, 13:20 TOI

Luke Schenn 0+0, 22:58 TOI, +1

Switzerland has been the biggest surprise so far. After beating Sweden in the opening matchup they defeated Canada in a shootout. Reto Suri won it in the 8th round. Before the first Swiss goal, Claude Giroux made a mistake in the neutral zone which was capitalized by Traschler, and Hollenstein scored to make it 1-0. Andrew Ladd tied it in the second stanza after a feed from Luke Schenn and Steven Stamkos. Midway through the third Matt Read buried his first as a member of team Canada and put them ahead by one. But Switzerland showed some resilience and Nino Niederreiter scored with just six minutes to go and tied the game. Matt Duchene scored the single Canadian goal in a shootout. Giroux and Read were unable to score in the shootout.

Latvia-USA 1-4

Carle 0+0, 13:33 TOI

USA scored four goals against Latvia and they have 6 points after  two games (matching the Russians). Latvia is still waiting for their first points.

Norway-Denmark 3-2

Olle-Kristian Tollefsen 0+0, 2PIM, 27:32, +1

Patrick Thoresen 1+0, 18:03 TOI, -1

Oliver Lauridsen 0+0, 17:21 TOI, -1

Team Denmark lost their second match in the World Championships even though Norway lost the two-goal lead in the third period. Former Flyer and Norwegian Captain Patrick Thoresen scored the game-winning goal at 17:28 in the third. Oliver Lauridsen stated: “The Norwegians started very well but we came back. We were better physically. We dominated in that game in every battle.“

Jakub Kovar heading to Jekaterinburg in the KHL

The twenty-five year old former Flyer prospect Kovar, who joined a Czech national team because of Ondrej Pavelec’s injury, is leaving HC Mountfield for Russia. A Czech national team goaltender signed a two-year deal in Jekaterinburg despite having a contract with Budejovice for the upcoming season.

GM of HC Mountfield Zdenek Blazek stated: “The contract has some conditions under which Jakub could leave for another team. Those conditions were fulfilled and we’d like to thank him for his work here and we wish him nothing but the best with his new club.“ Kovar is still a member of HC Mountfield. “In the case of his comeback or his desire to leave Jekaterinburg, his contract with our club would be renewed.“ According to Blazek Kovar chose the most interesting offer for him.