- The Swiss national ice hockey team beat the Czech Republic 3-2 after extra time at the end of the Euro Hockey Tour.
- Sven Senteler scored the winning goal in overtime after a major mistake by the Czechs.
- Switzerland thus ends the tournament in Turku in 2nd place.
Two wins, one defeat – with this record, the ice hockey national team from Turku says goodbye. Unlike the day before against Sweden, the Swiss had luck on their side against the Czech Republic in extra time.
After Jan Kostalek drove the disc behind his own goal, he allowed himself a major bad pass. Sven Senteler took advantage of the dropout and secured a 3-2 victory for Switzerland after 20 seconds in a 3-on-3 game. It was the first goal in the national jersey for the Zug striker.
Switzerland thus ends the tournament in Turku in 2nd place. The Swedes are already the winners ahead of the final game against Finland.
Jubilar Ambühl with 49th international goal
As the day before against Sweden, the Swiss had twice been able to react to a deficit against the Czech Republic. After Jiri Smejkal’s opening goal (10′) – the wing was forgotten at the right post – it was Andres Ambühl (11′) who immediately equalized to make it 1-1. The 39-year-old played his 300th game in the national jersey and was therefore honored before the game. Ambühl got to the disc a little lucky, but sunk it under the crossbar all the more worth seeing.
However, the 1:1 did not last long. Damien Riat was sent to the penalty box shortly after the equaliser. Outnumbered, the Czechs didn’t need to be asked twice and immediately advanced again through Ambri center Michael Spacek (13th).
Difficult phases survived
The renewed Swiss equalizer was a long time coming. The Fischer team created a few chances. The best of them was missed by Ambühl, who, after returning from the penalty box, was able to attack Czech keeper Roman Will alone. But the Nati also had to survive some delicate phases. Ambühl later went back into the cool box. However, the Czechs did not manage to score again.
Calvin Thürkauf (38th), who decisively deflected a shot from Mirco Müller, was concerned for the Swiss side to equalize again. In the final third both teams had chances to win. Another goal was not scored in regular time. After 60 minutes, the score was 2-2 in Switzerland’s third game on the Euro Hockey Tour.
Switzerland hosts in December
After the showdown in Turku, the Euro Hockey Tour stops in Switzerland in December. Between December 15th and 18th, Sweden, Finland and the Czech Republic will be guests in Freiburg, where everyone will once again play against everyone else.