It was in the third period that Patrick Fischer's players thought they would build their success by clearing their late goal (42 ') and taking a five-minute advantage on the power play. But the Russians pulled out the equalizer to force an overtime where they could have won.
Everything was played on penalties and after a start a bit sluggish, the artists have found the flaw to thwart Melvin Nyffeler three times. Switzerland does not know if they will finish first or second in this competition. It will be necessary to wait for the result of Germany against Slovakia in the afternoon.
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A good state of mind
Rod and Co. were able to bounce back after a complicated second period that saw Tommy Albelin's box-play work being done seriously during the week. There was especially those two minutes to 3 against 5 in the 26th where Switzerland knew how to do the round back and help perfectly the goalkeeper Melvin Nyffeler.
After Pius Suter the day before against Germany, other men have proved their value. Scorer Thursday against Slovakia, Tyler Moy was noted by entering the 2-2 in a very nice way and perfectly assisting Alessio Bertaggia on the 3-2 in power play.
Special mention also to Simon Le Coultre, very clever to identify the sequence when the opening of the mark after a beautiful "wraparound" (22nd) and found the post at the very end of the middle third. And what about Jason Fuchs who nearly scored one of the goals of the year by passing his cane between his legs before finding the helmet of the guard Tarasov on the way to the puck.
Faced with this second Russian garnish, Switzerland is clearly rising in power, helped also by the indiscipline of the Sbornaya. But we must not take away the merit of this young team with its 23 years of average age. His desire and his will to jump on the enemy shots at the end of the game demonstrate the state of mind that prevails under Swiss helmets.