Canada strike late to beat Swiss at hockey worlds

Tue May 3, 2011 5:59pm EDT
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By Martin Santa

BRATISLAVA (Reuters) - Alex Pietrangelo scored in overtime to give Canada a 4-3 win over Switzerland in Group B at the ice hockey world championship on Tuesday, while in Group A Russia floored hosts Slovakia 4-3.

Canada's Pietrangelo picked up the rebound after Swiss defenceman Luca Sbisa had blocked his initial shot, and sealed the victory at 4:14 of overtime, putting the puck past goalkeeper Leonardo Genoni.

Raphael Diaz had put the Swiss ahead in the first period but Canada's Jordan Eberle and John Tavares struck to put their side 2-1 up by the end of the second.

Felicien du Bois leveled for Switzerland before St Louis Blues' Chris Stewart netted for the Canadians.

Switzerland's Andres Ambuhl put the score at 3-3 in the 59th minute, but Pietrangelo's strike 46 seconds before overtime ended settled the match and gave Canada top spot in Group B with eight points.

Switzerland, who beat Canada 4-1 at last year's world championship, end the group stage in second place with six points, behind Canada with eight.

In Tuesday's other Group B game Kevin Hecquefeuille scored an overtime goal to seal a 2-1 win for third-placed France against Belarus.

Germany needed a penalty shootout to defeat underdogs Slovenia 3-2 in Group A. Slovenia will now fight in the relegation round.   Continued...

<p>Alex Pietrangelo of Canada reacts 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, 53, 2011. REUTERS/Petr Josek</p>