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Canada ekes past Germany, Swiss down Latvia

Canada ekes past Germany, Swiss down Latvia

St. Louis Blues forward Jamal Mayers scored the winning goal for Canada to beat Germany 3-2 Saturday in the preliminary round at the Hockey World Championships.
"Certainly, we're not satisfied in the least," Mayers said. "But sometimes we have a tendency to play the same type of game our opponent is playing. But we're not going to make excuses. We're going to get better each game and we want to win every game."
In Moscow, Sandy Jeannin scored the winning goal in the last minute of the second period to lift Switzerland to a 2-1 win over Latvia in Group A.
The Canadians got off to a rocky start when Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber was ejected just 1:19 into the Group C game for elbowing forward Yannic Seidenberg in the chin.
Initially, there was no call, but as Seidenberg struggled to get up, pitching over repeatedly, Weber was slapped with a five-minute major and game misconduct. Seidenberg suffered a suspected concussion.
"It's an unfortunate incident _ I didn't intend to hurt him," Weber said.
"It happened really fast. I was just going at him, trying to hit him. He is smaller and someone bigger, it might have hit him in the chest. But that's the situation and you hate to see someone get hurt."
Germany scored first at 9:51 when Christoph Ullmann banged in his own rebound.
Canada finally answered at 17:39. Cory Murphy's slapshot made its way to Jason Chimera, who from the corner sent it to Mayers in front of the net. Mayers tapped it past Dimitri Kotschnew's left skate.
Canada pulled ahead 53 seconds into the second period when Erik Staal sent a backhand pass from Carolina Hurricanes teammate Justin Williams through Kotschnew's five-hole.
Less than a minute later, Robert Dietrich fired a slapshot from just inside the red line under Dwayne Roloson's left pad to level.
Minnesota Wild's Nick Schultz blew a good chance in the fifth minute of the final period when he opted for a forehand shot rather than a backhand and missed the open goal.
But when Kotschnew mishandled the puck behind his own net, Chimera stole the puck from the goalie and passed it out front to Mayers, who scored into the wide open net at 11:42.
"I don't think he'd seen me come up behind him," Chimera said. "I think I caught him off guard. I was at the right place at the right time."
Mayers said he almost didn't make the critical goal.
"I almost missed, it (the goal) looked pretty big. I was pretty happy," Mayers said. "It was short side. I just wanted to get it as hard as I could because he was coming across.
"Even though he was out of the net, a lot of times goalies make that desperation play with their stick, so I had to get a lot on it."
Germany had another casualty when Alexander Sulzer hurt his leg in a corner mix-up. The extent of Sulzer's injuries not were immediately known.
"We have a pretty young team and we played pretty solid and good defense, and had a couple of good chances," Germany captain Daniel Kreutzer said. "We had a bit of an unlucky goal, the third from Canada so it was a bit frustrating.
"Canada has a lot of experience, playing in the best league of the world, but it was good experience for us."
Weber could face further sanctions. The referee supervisor will make his recommendations to the IIHF director, who will make a final decision. It was noted by Ronn that there was no "intent to injure."
Jeannin took a pass in the slot from Adrian Wichser and beat Latvia goaltender Sergeis Naumovs with 50 seconds left in the second period.
In Moscow, Wichser tied the game at 15:50 of the second, stealing a loose puck in front of the net and wristing a shot into the top corner.
After a scoreless first period, Lauris Darzins gave Latvia a 1-0 lead at 8:25 with a low shot through the pads of Swiss goalie Jonas Hiller.
"We expected it to be a tough game," Swiss captain Mark Streit said. "We scored two goals in three or four minutes in the second period and that was a huge win for us to start the tournament."
On Monday, Canada faces Norway, Germany takes on 2002 champion Slovakia, Switzerland meets Italy and Latvia takes on defending champion Sweden.


Updated : 2021-04-17 23:41 GMT+08:00