In the first game of the relegation group, Slovakia and Switzerland stood against each other. The Slovaks took control of the game for two periods and were leading by two goals. The Swiss awoke in the last period and dramatized the game with two goals of their own. Slovakia were then able to decide the game with two empty-net goals.
|Slovakia - Switzerland 5:2 (1:0, 2:0, 2:2)|
|Goals and Assists: 6. Slovák (Skokan, Čaládi), 32. Jančovič (Češík), 40. Marcinko (Lušňák, Roháč), 59. Čaládi (Marcinko, Skokan), 60. Mikuš (Skokan, Beňa) - 41. Froidevaux (Weber, Jacquemet), 47. Lemm (Froidevaux, Jacquemet).
Referee: Partanen, Ronn.
Linesemen: Carlman, Jobson.
Powerplay goals: 1:1. Shorthanded goals: 1:0.
Shots on goal: 21:36.|
|Slovakia: Hudáček - Biro, Ďaloga, Beňa, Bališ, Mikuš, Kozák, Krajčík, Zúkal - Roháč, Marcinko, Lušňák - Slovák, Skokan, Čaládi - Šinkovič, Češík, Jančovič - Suja, Ďuriš, Jurík|
|Switzerland: Mayer - Josi, Weber, Welti, Geering, Maurer, Sbisa, Stoop, Hollenstein - Berger, Froidevaux, Jacquemet - Suri, Lotscher, Lemm - Augsburger, Schlagenhauf, Donati - Sciaroni, Bykov, Wieser|
The first game of the relegation group started with a cautious game on both sides and both teams focused on defense. Spectators presented in the Tipsport arena saw only one game, in powerplay. Marek Slovák appeared in front of the crease and passed the puck in betweek Mayer´s pads.
The second period, however, didn´t offer much good-looking hockey. The Swiss suffered from not taking advantage of their powerplays, on the contrary the Slovaks punished Swiss faults. Dalimír Jančovič scored from the 2 on 1 attack, aiming at the upper corner of the Swiss goal.
Twelve second before the end of the second period the Slovaks added one more goal. Tomáš Marcinko caught the precise pass and overcame the disoriented Mayer.
The third period brought a totally different performance. The Swiss began the last part like a tornado and needed only forty seconds to score. Etienne Froidevaux fired from the blue line. At the beginning of the 46th minute Aurelio Lemm took advantage of another powerplay. “The same thing as against Denmark in Pardubice happened to us. Leading by three goals made us sleepy,“ thought Marek Slovák.
Team Slovakia asked for a time-out after the goal scored against them. “The coach told us not to be nervous and pass precisely. We should have waited in the neutral zone and keep an eye on their fast forwards," Slovák reveals. He and his teammates followed the tactics and resisted the Swiss pressure.
The Slovaks added two more goals at the end of the game when Switzerland played with an empty-net. Erik Čaladi and Juraj Mikuš perfectly targeted their shots. “We closed the ranks and drew the game to the end,“ Slovak rejoices.
Sadness overruled the Swiss team. “It is difficult to find words, it´s a great disaster for th Swiss ice hockey,“ Aurelio Lemm regretted after the game. “We didn´t play badly, but we did not score and we lacked a bit of luck“