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Swiss edge out Kazakhstan
By Lucas Aykroyd
It was mostly the Vitaliy Kolesnik Show Tuesday at the Stadthalle, as
the Kazakh goalie stopped 35 of 37 shots versus Switzerland but
couldn't prevent a 2-1 loss. The result increased the likelihood of a
three-way tie for second place in Group D, if the Czechs beat Germany
and Germany beats Switzerland.
Evidently aware of the potential use of goal differential as a
tiebreaker, Kazakh Head Coach Nikolay-Ivanovich Myshagin refrained
from pulling his goalie for the extra attacker in the dying moments.
Sandy Jeannin scored the winner for Switzerland early in the third
period. Patrick Fischer had the other Swiss goal. Alexey Litvinenko
had the lone tally for the Kazakhs.
Martin Gerber was solid in goal for Switzerland, posting 25 saves.
"The main goal tonight was to get our first victory of the
tournament, to build confidence and get a motivational boost," said
Gerber. "We were well-prepared for the Kazakhs."
While most observers would have automatically picked Switzerland to
win the game, the Swiss entered this contest with a losing record
versus Kazakhstan, based on a 5-2 defeat at the 1997 B Pool and a 3-2
loss in exhibition play in 1998.
"We knew Kazakhstan was a technical team with good skaters," said
Switzerland's Flavien Conne. "It was a very tough game, but we put a
lot of pressure on them at the end of the second and third periods.
We're fortunate to get the win."
Switzerland's Patric Della Rossa tested Kolesnik early, streaking in
off left wing and zinging a high wrister that Kolesnik picked off
with his trapper. Then the game was delayed for several minutes due
to a problem with one of the Swiss bench gates.
At 6:37, Kazakhstan opened the scoring when Alexey Litvinenko stepped
in from the right point and blew an unscreened slapshot over Gerber's
The Swiss tied the score at 10:23 on the power play when Patrick
Fischer simply fooled the goalie. Fischer skated unobstructed along
the goal line and suddenly tucked the puck between Kolesnik's open
legs rather than going behind the net, as the Kazakh netminder made
his one truly bad read of the night.
With 12 seconds left in the first period, Kolesnik stoned Paul
DiPietro in close by snaring a shot under his right armpit during
another Swiss man advantage.
In the second period, the teams sparred for the advantage and the
pace bogged down, with Switzerland getting the better chances but
failing to cash in.
The Kazakh netminder continued his strong play early on, foiling Mark
Streit's wide-open howitzer from just above the hash marks. Then he
showed marvelous anticipation on a Della Rossa-DiPietro two-on-one,
sliding across to snatch away what DiPietro thought was a sure goal
off the Della Rossa pass.
Midway through the second Kolesnik stretched to pick off another big
drive from Streit. The Swiss defenseman tried generating more offense
with under five minutes left in the middle frame, but his bouncing
pass on the rush couldn't be one-timed by Martin Pluss.
Later, a giveaway near center sent Julien Vauclair in on a partial
breakaway with Kazakh defenders in pursuit, but Vauclair couldn't
control the rolling disc and shot wide of Kolesnik's right post.
At 4:14 of the third, Switzerland took the lead when Adrian Wichser
passed the puck from behind the Kazakh net to Sandy Jeannin, whose
one-timer squeezed just inside the post. It took a moment for the
goal judge to recognize it was in.
After a Kazakh giveaway deep in their zone enabled Della Rossa to set
up Pluss for a one-timer on the doorstep later in the third, Kolesnik
stretched across to make another vintage save.
The Kazakhs crashed Gerber's crease a few times looking for the
equalizer but never found the back of the net.
"We created scoring chances in the third period, but we didn't have
as much luck as we did in the game against Germany," said Kazakh
forward Andrey Trochshinskiy.
Andrei Sokolov was named Kazakhstan's Player of the Game, and Sandy
Jeannin claimed the spoils for Switzerland.