Swiss survive Danish scare
WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency
CALGARY - Team Switzerland can finalize its travel plans for next year.
Forward Tanner Richard banged in a rebound in overtime as the Swiss survived a scare from Team Denmark in Monday's relegation game at the Saddledome.
With the 4-3 overtime victory, they're guaranteed an invite to the next instalment of the top-tier world junior tourney in Ufa, Russia.
"For sure, it's a relief," Richard told reporters.
"It's a lot of pressure because we're representing our country. It's for the guys next year, too. We have a young team and we all want to be in the A division next year. It's just great for our country."
Gregory Hofmann scored on a penalty shot, while Cedric Schneuwly and Alessio Bertaggia added singles for Switzerland, once again skating without Calgary Flames first-rounder Sven Baertschi (suspected concussion).
Nicklas Jensen, with a pair, and Oliver Bjorkstrand replied for Denmark.
For the Danes, the pressure is now mounting.
The lowest finisher in the relegation round will be demoted to the Division 1 tourney, and Wednesday's clash between Denmark and Latvia will likely be the deciding factor.
Germany has already scored a promotion for next year after winning the Division 1 crown last month.