Canada beats Swiss in OT
|Alex Pietrangelo of Canada is congratulated by his team mates Carlo Colaiacovo and Chris Stewart after he scored the winning goal against Switzerland in overtime of their preliminary round Group B game at the Ice Hockey World Championships in Kosice, Slovakia, May 3, 2011. (REUTERS/Petr Josek)
KOSICE, Slovakia -- Alex Pietrangelo scored with 46 seconds left in overtime to give Canada a 4-3 win over Switzerland in the final preliminary round game from Group B at the World Ice Hockey Championship.
Jordan Eberle, John Tavares and Chris Stewart also scored for Canada, which finished Group B with eight points after two regulation wins and Tuesday's overtime triumph. James Reimer stopped 30 shots in the victory.
Switzerland, which got an astounding 57 saves from Leonardo Genoni, finished second in the group with six points. Both teams will head to the qualification round. Raphael Diaz, Felicien du Bois and Andres Ambuhl scored for the Swiss.
Stewart gave Canada a 3-2 lead with 3:14 left in regulation when he swept home a shot from the low left circle, but the Swiss came right back and tied it with 1:22 remaining. Julien Vauclair had the puck behind the net and fed a pass to the low slot for an unchecked Ambuhl, who had all kinds of time to pick a spot and beat Reimer high to the glove side.
Ambuhl nearly won it for the Swiss midway through the overtime off a giveaway from Rick Nash, but Reimer stopped the point-blank attempt from the slot.
Pietrangelo then won it when he picked up the rebound of his own shot that was blocked in the left circle and snapped a wrister past Genoni.
Diaz scored the lone goal in the first period for Switzerland, but Eberle and Tavares found the net in the second for the Canadians. Matthias Bieber was unable to score on a penalty shot for Switzerland early in the third, but du Bois tied it at the 8:08 mark.
In Group A action, Germany notched a 3-2 shootout win over Slovenia to claim first place. The Germans, who stunned Russia in the opening game of the tournament and also edged Slovakia, topped the group with eight points. Slovenia will play in the relegation round as the fourth-place finisher from the group