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Switzerland Outlasts Germany In First World Junior Game

Sunday, 12.26.2010 / 3:54 PM / World Juniors
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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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