COPENHAGEN, Denmark – Bo Horvat (London, Ont./London, NHL) and Colton Parayko (St. Albert, Alta./St. Louis, NHL) scored goals, but it wasn’t enough to complete the comeback as Canada’s National Men’s Team fell 3-2 to Switzerland in the semifinals Saturday at the 2018 IIHF World Championship.
With the loss, Canada will face the United States in the bronze medal game Sunday (9:45 a.m. ET/6:45 a.m. PT).
Down a goal heading into the third period, and behind by a pair early in the frame, Canada outshot the Swiss 18-1 in the final 20 minutes, but couldn’t get more than one puck past goaltender Leonardo Genoni, who was terrific.
Parayko made it close with just over two minutes to go and Canadian netminder Darcy Kuemper (Saskatoon, Sask./Arizona, NHL) on the bench, hammering in a one-timer to cut the deficit to one, but that would be as close as Canada would get.
Tristan Scherwey opened the scoring for the Swiss late in the first period, finishing off an end-to-end rush by snapping a shot past the glove of Kuemper.
Canada found the equalizer midway through the second when Bo Horvat (London, Ont./Vancouver, NHL) rushed into the Swiss end and beat Genoni over the shoulder, capping off a pretty sequence between himself, Jean-Gabriel Pageau (Ottawa, Ont./Ottawa, NHL) and Pierre-Luc Dubois (Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, Que./Columbus, NHL).
Switzerland retook the lead on the power play a little over two minutes later; with the Canadian penalty killers pinned in their own zone for more than 90 seconds, Gregory Hoffman got his stick on a Kevin Fiala shot for the go-ahead goal.
Gaetan Haas stretched the lead to 3-1 on another man advantage early in the third. After the Canadians failed to get the puck out, Raphael Diaz found Sven Andrighetto, whose shot from the hashmarks was tipped home by Haas.
Canada finished the game with a 45-17 advantage on the shot clock.
“When you chase the game in this tournament against good countries that defend hard, it makes it tough. We chased the game all night and they scored late in the first. We knew they had team speed, they stretch you out and play well. They do a lot of good things, they’re well-coached, organized, their goaltender got hot; we chased the game and that was the difference.”
– Bill Peters, Team Canada head coach, on his team’s slow start
“We knew they were going to come out with a quality effort. They played a good game today, their goalie played well and we didn’t play our best.”
– Brayden Schenn, Team Canada alternate captain
“It’s obviously disappointing, but we want to play well and bring our Canadian fans home a bronze medal.”
– Bo Horvat, Team Canada forward, one goal in the game
Team Canada has won gold at two of the last three IIHF World Championships, going undefeated during the 2015 tournament in the Czech Republic and shutting out Finland in the gold-medal game in 2016 in Russia. Last year, Canada skated to silver after falling to Sweden in the gold-medal game in Cologne, Germany.