After sweeping the preliminary round, Team Canada is through to the quarterfinals where they will face Switzerland on Wednesday night.
After a perfect run in the preliminary round, it’s the quarterfinals up next for Team Canada at the 2022 World Junior Hockey Championship in Edmonton. Canada will face Switzerland on Wednesday night with the winner advancing to the Friday’s semifinals.
2022 WJC Quarterfinal Canada vs. Switzerland Betting Odds
It was a clean sweep of Group A for Canada in the preliminary round after downing Latvia 5-2, Slovakia 11-1, Czechia 5-1 and Finland 6-3. The Swiss had a tougher go and barely scraped through Group B. Switzerland was blown out 7-1 by the U.S. and took a pair of close losses against Sweden and Germany, both by a score of 3-2. Their lone win of the tournament was also by a score of 3-2, coming against Austria in the final prelim game.
Switzerland has been a staple at the highest level for over a decade, playing in the top division every year since 2010. In that time, the Swiss and Canadians have faced off eight times, with Canada winning every game by a combined score of 44-9. They’ve met four times in the preliminary round, three times in the quarterfinals and once in the semifinals during that stretch. The closest result was a 3-2 shootout in 2016. When the teams last met in the 2021 tournament, Canada defeated Switzerland 10-0 in the preliminary round.
Team Canada held on in their preliminary round finale against Finland on Monday, cruising to a 6-3 victory. Canada came out of the gate fast, scoring the game’s first three goals and led 5-1 after two periods. Mason McTavish finished with a goal and two assists, while Connor Bedard and Ridly Greig each added a goal and an assist. William Dufour, Tyson Foerster and Brennan Othmann capped off the offence. Olen Zellweger had three helpers. In net, Dylan Garand made 22 saves on 25 shots faced. McTavish continues to lead the tournament in points (13), goals (7) and plus/minus (plus-11).
Special teams have made a big difference for Canada in this tournament. The Canadians rank first in power-play efficiency (60 per cent) and have the second-best penalty kill (81.8 per cent). They scored on both power-plays against Finland and killed off four of five penalties.
Team Switzerland reached the quarterfinals thanks to a 3-2 win over Austria in the final prelim game. The Swiss controlled much of the game, outshooting Austria 39-22 overall, including 13-2 in the first period alone. Had it not been for Austria’s stellar goaltending, things could have been much more lopsided. Joshua Fahrni, Jonas Taibel and Attilio Biasca scored for Switzerland. Dario Allenspach and Fabian Ritzmann each recorded two assists. Noah Patenaude made 20 saves in net.
Offence has been a big issue for Switzerland through four games. Biasca and Allenspach lead the team with four points apiece, while Biasca and Taibel are the only Swiss players with two goals. Switzerland is second-last in the tournament in both shooting percentage (7.21 per cent) and power-play percentage (13.33 per cent).
Canada vs. Switzerland WJC Quarterfinal Score Prediction
Canada 7, Switzerland 1