Defender Damon Severson tied the game with only four-tenths of a second to go in regulation and Mark Stone hit the target in overtime, allowing Canada to beat Switzerland 3-2 on Thursday in Kosice in the quarter-finals. final of the World Hockey Championship presented in Slovakia.
On his miraculous success, the 24-year-old had his first shot from the tip blocked by an opponent, but the puck came back on his stick. With this second chance, Severson touched goalkeeper Leonardo Genoni and the disc quietly found its way behind the goal line.
"I saw the puck enter the net and that's only what I can say," Severson told the International Hockey Federation's website. I did not know how long he stayed on the dial. I knew it would be close to the limit, but in the end it was the goal that tied the game with 0.4s to go and it's really great! "
In extra time, Stone played the heroes by redirecting a good relay from Pierre-Luc Dubois behind the goalkeeper. The 27-year-old had also donned the needle in the second period. He had deflected a shot from defender Dante Fabbro's point. Stone has a great tournament, with seven goals in eight games.
In Switzerland, Nico Hischier and Sven Andrighetto were able to beat Matt Murray. These two achievements have been listed with the benefit of a man. The goalkeeper of Canada repulsed 19 of the 21 pucks against him.
"I think we controlled most of the game at five to five," said Stone after the game. However, they scored two goals in numerical superiority. In this tournament, the advantage and the numerical disadvantage are so important, but we persevered. We used all the time available to tie the game and we dominated overtime. We did not put the puck back on the opponent and ultimately we scored the important goal. "
On the other side of the ice, Genoni was very good despite the defeat. The 31-year-old Swiss faced 40 shots.
In the semi-finals, Canada will face the Czech Republic while Russia will face Finland.