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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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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 54 31 18 5 153 135 67
4 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
5 DET 54 28 18 8 136 132 64
6 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
7 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
8 PIT 53 27 19 7 138 135 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 PHI 53 24 20 9 127 138 57
12 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
15 BUF 55 21 28 6 125 151 48
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 51 17 21 14 38
J. Jokinen 54 11 27 12 38
J. Huberdeau 54 10 28 12 38
V. Trocheck 54 17 18 3 35
A. Barkov 43 16 19 13 35
R. Smith 54 18 16 12 34
B. Pirri 50 11 13 -4 24
A. Ekblad 50 10 13 20 23
B. Campbell 54 5 17 20 22
N. Bjugstad 39 9 10 -1 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 24 13 5 .928 2.17
A. Montoya 8 3 1 .929 2.01

 
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