Canada Takes Win Over Swiss In Pre-World Juniors Hockey Opener

Canada Has No Shortage Of Offense In Five Goal Win

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December 19, 2018 Victoria, BC ( ISN ) - Canada's Cody Glass raises his stick on his team's goal. Glass would finish the game with one goal and two assists. - Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca)

VICTORIA, B.C. – Maxime Comtois (Longueuil, Que./Drummondville, QMJHL) scored two goals and set up two others, sending Canada’s National Junior Team to a 5-3 win over Switzerland in its pre-tournament opener Wednesday ahead of the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship.

December 19, 2018 Victoria, BC ( ISN ) - Maxime Comtois would be a force for team Canada scoring 2 goals and 2 assists in the gam versus the Swiss - Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca)
December 19, 2018 Victoria, BC ( ISN ) – Maxime Comtois would be a force for team Canada scoring 2 goals and 2 assists in the gam versus the Swiss – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca)

Cody Glass (Winnipeg, Man./Portland, WHL) added a goal and two helpers for the Canadians, who opened up a 4-1 lead midway through the second period before the Swiss clawed back to make it close.

Switzerland struck first, taking an early lead against the run of play; a bouncing puck found its way onto the stick of Philipp Kurashev in the slot, and his shot found its way under the right pad of Canadian goaltender Michael DiPietro (Amherstburg, Ont./Ottawa, OHL) just 5:13 in.

December 19, 2018 Victoria, BC ( ISN ) -Canada's Micheal DiPietro would have to be sharp in the second period as his team would seem to take their foot off the pedal after gaining a two goal lead after one period - Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca)
December 19, 2018 Victoria, BC ( ISN ) -Canada’s Micheal DiPietro would have to be sharp in the second period as his team would seem to take their foot off the pedal after gaining a two goal lead after one period – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca)

But Glass needed only 12 seconds to answer, roofing a backhand over the short-side shoulder of Swiss netminder Luca Jan Hollenstein, and Owen Tippett (Peterborough, Ont./Mississauga, OHL) rifled a shot from distance past the glove of Hollenstein at 11:43 to put Canada ahead for good.

December 19, 2018 Victoria, BC ( ISN ) - Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca)
December 19, 2018 Victoria, BC ( ISN ) – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca)

Comtois, who earned assists on the Glass and Tippett markers, added a goal of his own before the end of the first period; Glass forced a turnover along the sideboards and set up Comtois, who snapped a quick shot to the far side on Hollenstein.

December 19, 2018 Victoria, BC ( ISN ) - The Swiss defense would be busy trying to clear Canadian shots on goal as Canada would pepper the Swiss goal tenders 29-10 - Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca)
December 19, 2018 Victoria, BC ( ISN ) – The Swiss defense would be busy trying to clear Canadian shots on goal as Canada would pepper the Swiss goal tenders 29-10 – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca)

The Canadian power play clicked in the second period; Jack Studnicka (Tecumseh, Ont./Oshawa, OHL) followed up a Barrett Hayton (Peterborough, Ont./Sault Ste. Marie, OHL) chance in front and potted the 4-1 goal.

December 19, 2018 Victoria, BC ( ISN ) - Canada's Jack Studnicka was active through centre ice to advance the puck, finishing with one goal in the winning effort for Canada - Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca)
December 19, 2018 Victoria, BC ( ISN ) – Canada’s Jack Studnicka was active through centre ice to advance the puck, finishing with one goal in the winning effort for Canada – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca)

Switzerland made it a two-goal game less than two minutes later when Valentin Nussbaumer broke in alone and tucked a backhand around DiPietro, and Tobias Geisser hammered in a loose puck at 18:43 to pull the Swiss within one after 40 minutes.

December 19, 2018 Victoria, BC ( ISN ) -Team Canada fans of all ages celebrate their teams win Wednesday night over Switzerland - Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca)
December 19, 2018 Victoria, BC ( ISN ) -Team Canada fans of all ages celebrate their teams win Wednesday night over Switzerland – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca)

But they would get no closer, and Comtois found the empty net in the final minute of the third period to finish his stand-out performance and clinch the win for the Canadians.

December 19, 2018 Victoria, BC ( ISN ) - Canada would fall behind early but celebrate a 3-1 first period lead - Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca)
December 19, 2018 Victoria, BC ( ISN ) – Canada would fall behind early but celebrate a 3-1 first period lead – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca)

Canada is back on the ice at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre on Friday, taking on Slovakia (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT) before wrapping up its pre-tournament schedule against Finland on Sunday night in Vancouver (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT).

December 19, 2018 Victoria, BC ( ISN ) - Team Canada hockey fans took time to put on their best costume to celebrate the pre-opener warm up game at SOF Arena - Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca)
December 19, 2018 Victoria, BC ( ISN ) – Team Canada hockey fans took time to put on their best costume to celebrate the pre-opener warm up game at SOF Arena – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca)

The 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship begins Boxing Day with Canada opening defence of its gold medal against Denmark (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT).

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