MOSCOW, May 17. /TASS/. The Czech national ice hockey team defeated Switzerland 5-4 on Tuesday afternoon in their last group stage match of the 2016 IIHF World Championship in Moscow scrapping all chances of the Swiss squad to advance to the knock-out stage of the global tournament.
The Swiss team needed only a victory in the main time of the match on Tuesday to qualify for the quarterfinals and they were quick to open the score in the middle of the opening period. However, with three minutes remaining in the period Czech forward Michal Birner tied the score at 1-1.
The Czech squad did not miss the opportunity of scoring on the powerplay in the second period and Lukas Kaspar put the puck in the net behind Swiss goaltender Reto Berra increasing the dominance to 2-1.
Going into the second minute of the closing period the Czechs scored another goal, but stubborn Swiss squad replied with a goal shot by Simon Moser less than three minutes later to notch the score to intriguing 3-2.
However, assisted by Robert Kousal Czech forward Tomas Zohorna scored a goal putting the score at 4-2 with some 10 minutes left before the final siren. Five minutes later with a player in the penalty box each, the Swiss coach decided to swap the goaltender with an extra player on the ice and Czech Michal Jordan was in the right place to put an open netter and bring his team’s lead to 5-2.
The Swiss team did not surrender and 87 seconds later Noah Schneeberger cannoned the puck into the net of Czech goaltender Pavel Francouz. It was not enough for the frantic Swiss squad with less than half a minute left they scored another goal.
The score of 5-4 remained flashing unchanged for the final 28 seconds in the match.
The matches of the 2016 IIHF World Championship are held in the Russian capital of Moscow and in the country’s second largest city of St. Petersburg between May 6 and 22. A total of 16 national teams, qualified to play in the 2016 IIHF World Championship, were divided into two groups. The 12,000-seat VTB Ice Palace in Moscow hosts the matches of Group A, which comprise the teams from Russia, Sweden, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Latvia, Norway, Denmark and Kazakhstan.
The 6,000-seat Yubileiny Arena hosts the matches of Group B teams, which are from Canada, Finland, the United States, Slovakia, Belarus, France, Germany and Hungary.