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Switzerland Outlasts Germany In First World Junior Game

Sunday, 12.26.2010 / 3:54 PM ET / World Juniors
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Switzerland Outlasts Germany In First World Junior Game
Swiss forward Nino Niederreiter following their 4-3 victory over Germany
By Glenn Odebralski for floridapanthers.com

In the first game of the tournament, Switzerland jumped out to a four-goal lead after one period of play and hung on to the 4-3 victory over Germany.

The Germans didn't help themselves in the opening period taking four penalites and killing off just one of them. After a goal by Inti Pestoni 4:31 in (even-strength), the Swiss worked the man advantage quite well over a five minute span.

Islanders top-five prospect Nino Niederreiter made it 2-0 9:21 in by tucking the puck over Philipp Brubauer and under the cross-bar from in-close. Romain Loeffel's point shot 27 second later made the score 3-0 while Luca Camperchioli's shot from down town closed out the scoring in the first with 13:25 gone.

"We were flying the first one and then I think we took it way too easy on them which we shouldn't" said Niederreiter. "It happened and in the end it's all about the victory."

Germany finally broke through with a power play of their own 4:22 into the second as Marcel Noebels put in his own rebound.

Benjamin Conz looked especially strong in goal for Switzerland when the Germans did get pressure, coming up with several pad and toe saves. Conz had two huge saves in the third period denying the Germans on a 2-on-1 rush just under 15 minutes to play, as he went down and took away the bottom part of the goal and denied the attempt with his left pad and then making a beautiful blocker save while on the ice with more than six minutes remaining.

Germany made it a two-goal game with their second power play goal of the night with 9:50 left to play as Matthias Plachta's shot from the point pinballed in off a Swiss defender. They then pulled to within one when Corey Mapes scored with 4:41 left to play. They couldn't find the equalizer however.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 x - NYR 74 47 20 7 226 172 101
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
4 PIT 75 41 23 11 207 188 93
5 NYI 76 44 27 5 230 211 93
6 DET 74 40 22 12 216 201 92
7 WSH 75 40 25 10 218 186 90
8 BOS 75 37 25 13 199 195 87
9 OTT 74 37 25 12 216 199 86
10 FLA 75 34 26 15 186 205 83
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 75 31 32 12 167 192 74
14 CAR 74 28 36 10 173 202 66
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 75 20 47 8 144 254 48

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 72 13 34 8 47
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
J. Jokinen 74 7 33 -1 40
J. Jagr 70 13 26 -3 39
B. Boyes 73 12 23 10 35
A. Ekblad 74 11 24 11 35
J. Hayes 65 18 13 -5 31
A. Barkov 64 14 17 -2 31
B. Campbell 75 3 21 2 24
B. Pirri 42 20 2 5 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 26 17 12 .921 2.33
A. Montoya 5 7 2 .888 3.08
 
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