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HELSINKI, Finland – Canada’s National Men’s Team recorded its first loss and dropped to second place in the Group A standings at the 2022 IIHF World Championship after falling to Switzerland 6-3 on Saturday.
- Kent Johnson (Port Moody, B.C./Columbus, NHL) opened the scoring just past the midway mark of the first period.
- Adam Lowry (Calgary, Alta./Winnipeg, NHL) scored on a short-handed breakaway in the opening frame.
- Drake Batherson (New Minas, N.S./Ottawa, NHL) rounded out the scoring.
- Mathew Barzal (Coquitlam, B.C./New York Islanders, NHL) chipped in with a pair of assists and Ryan Graves (Yarmouth, N.S./New Jersey, NHL) contributed one assist.
- Logan Thompson (Calgary, Alta./Vegas, NHL) made 21 saves.
- Switzerland narrowly outshot Canada 26-25.
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“[Switzerland] works hard, and they are difficult to play against. The Swiss have been playing well so far in this tournament and they showed it again tonight. Our special teams play was not great today. We did not score on the power play, we did not do a great job on the penalty kill, and that kind of dug us into a hole. We had a five-minute power play that we did not capitalize on, and that kind of thing can come back to haunt you later in the game.”
- Head coach Claude Julien (Orleans, Ont.) on today’s loss
“It is always disappointing to lose, but I think in the long run it will be a good learning experience for our team. We always want to win every game, but it did not go our way today. Moving forward, I think this is going to help us come ready to play next game and we will be hungry to get back in the win column. I play with two guys [Barzal and Johnson] who like to make plays, and I am the same way. I have been trying to create space, and both those guys have a ton of skill, so I think we can have a big impact and help the team win.”
- Batherson on learning from the loss and playing with Barzal and Johnson
“We have not had a crowd this big since we started this tournament, and it is a lot of fun to play in front of these fans. It does not really matter if they are cheering for us or for the Swiss, it was a great environment in arena. We had some power plays that we could not capitalize on, and that could have helped control the energy in the building. We made some mistakes that led to goals, but we need to give [Switzerland] credit because they are a good team. This is a bit of a wake-up call for us, but we will come back against Denmark and play a good game.”
- Barzal on the Swiss fans and rebounding against Denmark
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