Switzerland win in shootout against Latvia in tight World Junior game


Latvia rocked the Group B action at the World Junior Championship with a point, but Switzerland still managed to hold on for the 3-2 shootout victory.

Switzerland got the extra point, putting them in first place in Group B after two days. Latvia have just one point, their game against Slovakia later in the tournament proving very important.

The Swiss were hoping to capitalize on the momentum of their opener and they got it at 8:20. As the Latvians tried to find their place in their own area, Brian Zanetti found Louis Robin in front for the 1-0 goal.

The lead lasted around five minutes, when Dans Locmelis beat a strained Kevin Pasche and fired him over his glove for the 1-1 goal. This helped give some momentum to the Latvians, who continued to press Pesche but couldn’t score the goal until the second half.

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As time ticked away in the middle stanza, Darels Dukurs gave Latvia their first lead of the tournament. As Martins Lavins wreaked havoc in net, Gustavs Ozolins’ shot came out of Pasche and landed on the stick of Darels Dukurs, who hit the rebound for the power-play goal.

The Swiss desperately needed a goal to tie him up, and they got their wish. At 58:04, Rodwin Dioncio’s shot from the point beat Patriks Berzins, who had a partial screen up front.

This forced the game into overtime, where they needed seven rounds to decide a winner. In Locmelis and Attilio Biasca both scored for their teams, but it was Switzerland’s Liekit Reichle who scored the winning goal to give his team the extra point.



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