Switzerland upset European rivals

JIM BENDER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:01 AM ET

Before the 2007 Women's World Hockey Championship even hit the ice, German coach Peter Kathan was focused on last night's game against Switzerland.

A win over their archrival, he said, would make their week and add spring to their skates.

But the Swiss upset the Germans 1-0 before 4,102 fans at the MTS Centre last night, leaving a sour taste in his mouth.

"It was a good win for the Swiss," Kathan said through a translator. "If you lose, you don't advance. We tried our hardest and we lost and that's the way it worked out. The Swiss deserved to win.

"The players are down right now but the tournament goes on, they have to move past it."

The Swiss opened the contest by taking the game to the Germans but goaltender Jennifer Harss was able to withstand the onslaught over the first 35 minutes. But, after a scoreless first period, the Swiss finally scored the only goal of the game late in the second period. Forward Kathrin Lehmann solved Harss, who was screened on her shot from the slot.

"We were cheering louder than the 4,000 spectators," Lehmann said. "I kind of dreamed about that because I played six years in Germany so it felt good to shut them out.

"We had a huge stress on that game. If you win, you're safe ... It's a rivalry and no one wants to lose to your rival."

The Swiss rebounded from a 9-0 loss to Canada the night before.

"It was great to come back," said goaltender Florence Schelling, who recorded the shutout despite taking a stick in the throat late in the third period.

"I was worried because I didn't have that much strength in my legs any more.

"It's a huge win. It was our goal from the first day of the season that we wanted to win against Germany. We proved to the world that we can beat them and that we are sometimes better than they are."

It was a very proud moment for Switzerland on the international ice stage.

"We are very, very happy to beat the Germans because it was a very hard game," said Switzerland coach Rene Kammerer. "It was a very good game from the goaltender to the last player of this team."


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