Saturday, February 18, 2006

Canada is in tough

Canada generally dominated the play in the first, and outshot the Swiss 11-5 in the first period, but they couldn't find a way to beat goaltender Martin Gerber. This looks like it is going to be a tough game for the Canadians to pull out - I still can't imagine the Canadians losing this one, but the Swiss have impressed me so far, and Gerber is the kind of goalie that can come up with a 40-save shutout.

Almost half-way through the second period, still down 1-0, Canada is about to face a 5-on-3 disadvantage. This is going to be a interesting day.

USA and Slovakia meet at 2:00 PM - Slovakia is 2-0 after their surprise win over Russia.

Finland and the Czechs play at 3:00 PM - The 5-0 win over the Swiss by the Finns earlier this week looks even more impressive after watching the Swiss beat the Czechs 3-2, and Canada have a tough time with them here in the first. If Finland manages to pull out another win today against the Czechs, I think Canada better be worried about tomorrows matchup with Finns.

Earlier today, Russia barely squeeked by Kazakhstan 1-0. I've never heard of the guy before, but Kazakhstani goalie Vitaliy YEREMEYEV managed to stop 49 out of 50 shots to keep Kazakhstan in the game. Italy and Germany tied 3-3.