Stink furnace leads Canada to victory over Switzerland in the quarter-finals of the World Junior Championships

EDMONTON — Canada’s Logan Stankoven is used to putting pucks in the back of the net, but scoring isn’t easy at the Junior World Hockey Championship.

However, he buried a few chances on Wednesday and helped Canada to a 6-3 victory over Switzerland in the quarterfinals.

“It’s definitely harder than I thought,” said Stankoven, a Kamloops Blazers striker who was named Canadian Hockey League Player of the Year in June.

“The goals didn’t come easily. I had chances, but not as many as I would like. Tonight I thought I could create a few more chances and the puck went into the net. So it was a good feeling.”

Stink Furnace also provided an assist, while Tyson Foerster scored and contributed two helpers. Jack Thompson, Nathan Gaucher and Will Cuylle all added goals for Canada (5-0-0) and Ronan Seeley provided a couple of assists.

Attilio Biasca scored twice for Switzerland (1-4-0) and captain Simon Knak also found the back of the net.

After an explosion of four goals in the first period, the Canadians sometimes struggled on Wednesday and gave up excellent scoring opportunities due to sloppy play.

“We definitely didn’t want to take these guys lightly, but they played very strong and surprised us a bit,” said goalkeeper Dylan Garand, who made 23 saves. “I think we did the right thing to stick with it and find a way. It wasn’t pretty, but we’ll keep going.”

The win will see Canada play in Friday’s semifinals, but the host nation will have to wait for the outcome of the final quarterfinal – a battle between the US (4-0-0) and the Czech Republic (1-2-1) – to to teach his opponent.

Switzerland made a late push on Wednesday, drawing on goalkeeper Kevin Pasche with 3:15 to go in favor of an extra striker, but were unable to make up the two-goal deficit.

Instead, Stankoven scored into the empty net with 69 seconds left on the game clock.

“It’s the dreaded quarter-final where you play against a team that has absolutely nothing to lose,” Canadian coach Dave Cameron said of the pressure. “And give them credit – they came to us and they made it interesting. But we found a way.”

A sloppy play caused problems for Canada halfway through the second period.

Garand tried to clear the puck from behind the net and sent the puck to Donovan Sebrango down the boards and the defender sent the puck onto the ice.

Biasca grabbed the pass and fired a shot past the Canadian keeper to make it 5-3 at 7:51.

“Part of the game it didn’t really go the way we wanted it to,” said Seeley. “We fought back and found a way to win. And that’s all that matters.”

A pass from Olen Zellweger to Cuylle down provided Canada’s fifth goal. Cuylle sent a shot from an acute angle to Pasche 4:30 in the second.

The Swiss narrowed their deficit to 4-2 with just 8.2 seconds left in the opening frame.

Joshua Fahrni sent Biasca’s puck from below the goal line and the Halifax Mooseheads attacker fired a shot over Garand’s shoulder.

Pasche took over the Swiss net late in the first period after starter Noah Patenaude conceded four goals on nine shots.

Patenaude denied Canada’s Elliot Desnoyers, but the puck got stuck under his pad and Gaucher stabbed him for his first goal of the tournament at 17:01 in the game.

Pasche made 30 rescues in relief.

Stink Furnace gave Canada a 3-1 tie with a 14:32 breakaway in the first.

The Dallas Stars prospect grabbed a pass on the Swiss bench and sprinted into the attack zone alone. His first shot bounced off the crossbar, so Stankoven caught the rebound and backhanded it into the open net for good measure.

Seeley’s sneaky pass over the groove helped Canada take the lead again 12:31 in the first. Thompson grabbed the puck and fired a quick shot past Patenaude to make it 2-1.

Switzerland’s first goal of the evening was 2:21 into the game when Brian Zanetti uncorked a rocket from inside the blue line and Knak tipped it in for the equalizer.

Canada opened the scoring just 74 seconds earlier when Stankoven sent a sharp pass to Foerster in the faceoff circle and he shot it in for his third goal of the tournament.

Earlier Wednesday, Emil Andrae scored the match winner when Sweden took a 2-1 win over Latvia.

Isak Rosen got Sweden on the board at 16:44 in the first period and Gustavs Ozolins buried the equalizing goal for Latvia at the end of the second.

Latvian Martins Lavins was thrown out of the game for a check to the head in the third 89 seconds, but his team-mates killed a huge five-minute penalty to keep the score at 1-1.

Andrae broke the deadlock at 9:49 in the third with a long shot through traffic.

Jesper Wallstedt saved 12 shots for Sweden (4-1-0) and Bruno Bruveris made 25 saves for Latvia (1-2-1).

Four points from Roby Jarventie led Finland to a 5-2 victory over Germany in another quarterfinal on Wednesday.

Jarventie’s first goal at 2:48 PM of the first period gave Finland a 3-1 lead and became the match winner.

After German Bennet Rossmy scored his second goal of the game in the second period to make it 3-2, Jarventie restored Finland’s lead with 6:22 in the third with Yannick Proske out for hooking.

Roni Hirvonen and Joel Maatta also scored power play goals as Finland went 4-for-6 with the men’s advantage. Finland’s power play unit has been deadly throughout the tournament, shooting at a 59 percent clip (13-for-22).

Kasper Simontaival opened the score for Finland with an equally strong goal: 3:37 in the game.

Leevi Merilainen made 19 saves for Finland (4-1-0) while Florian Bugl stopped 17 shots for Germany (2-3-0).

Canada took silver in the 2021 tournament, which was held without fans at Edmonton’s Rogers Place due to COVID-19 restrictions.

POKE CHECKS: Both Canada and Switzerland were 0-for-1 on the power play. Canadian striker Ridly Greig went to the locker room midway through the first period with an obvious shoulder injury and did not return. ? The groups for the world juniors 2023 are known. Canada is in Group A with Sweden, the Czech Republic, Germany and Austria and plays its preliminary round matches in Halifax. The US, Finland, Switzerland, Slovakia and Latvia are in Group B and open the tournament in Moncton.

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