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Men’s hockey: Switzerland 5 Norway 4 (OT)

Swiss play lacklustre game, but squeeze out a win


 

Goal at 2:28 goes to Romano Lemm, who collected the rebound. But wow! What an effort by Sandy Jeannin going to the net. Great goal.

Norway, meantime, has nothing to be ashamed of.

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The Swiss get a nice goal on the power play by Severin Blindenbacher, who snuck in from the point for a tap in. The passer was Hnat Domenichelli, pride of Edmonton and a former Kamloops Blazer.

Then, inexplicably, they let Norway back into it. With 7:42 left, you have to think Swiss coach Ralph Krueger, who is from Winnipeg, is displeased.

The crowd in here is having blast. There are a lot of fans rooting for both teams (Canadians seem to favour Norway). Cowbells galore; a guy with a trumpet playing “Tequila;” a confused fellow wearing an HC Davos jersey with a Canadian flag as a cape. Someone blew up a giant, inflatable kangaroo and the crowd began bouncing it around.

On the scoreboard they just showed a guy with the Olympic rings reverse-shaved into his chest. By that I mean, he shaved away all the hair except the Olympic rings.

I think a lot of people didn’t get home last night.

Team Canada-game crowds are a bit boring by comparison.

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More evidence the Swiss were put on this Earth for the sole reason of making Team Canada miserable: they’re pooching against the Norwegians.

A Swiss colleague here in the press box says his county’s team “doesn’t like games where they spend most of the time with puck.” I don’t think I’ve ever heard of a hockey team that felt that way.


 

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