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Swiss suffer more Canadian woe

A near miss for Switzerland's Marcel Jenni

(Keystone)

Switzerland's national ice hockey team have been beaten by Canada for the second time in four days. Following Tuesday's 6-4 defeat in Zurich, Ralph Krueger's men were beaten 3-2 in the opening game of the Deutschland Cup.

Having conceded three goals in the first seven minutes of Tuesday's match, Switzerland were at least able to keep a clean sheet for the opening seven minutes of Friday's match - but only just.

In the eighth minute Canada stormed into the lead, free agent Greg Parks scoring from a power play. Munich Barons forward Mike Kennedy then doubled the Canadians lead, again on a power play, three minutes before the first break.

Defender Greg Johnston scored the only goal of the second period to leave Switzerland trailing 3-0.

The Swiss team finally replied in the third period with goals from Kloten's Martin Plüss and Davos forward Patrick Fischer. But in the four minutes of time remaining Switzerland were unable to produce an equaliser.

Friday's defeat was Switzerland's tenth in a row against the Canadians. More will be expected of Krueger's side on Saturday when they take on tournament hosts Germany.

That match will be particularly significant as a dress rehearsal for next April when Germany and Switzerland meet in the opening match of the World Championships in Cologne.

In the night's other match, the hosts Germany were beaten 1-2 by Slovakia.

swissinfo with agencies



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