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2013 WJC Review: Switzerland takes difficult path to playoff round berth

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01-11-2013, 05:00 PM
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2013 WJC Review: Switzerland takes difficult path to playoff round berth

After last year’s trip to the relegation round, Team Switzerland managed to sneak back into the top-6 at the 2013 World Junior Championship, although this year they took a pretty unusual route to claim one of the four berths in the quarter-finals.

The Swiss were unable to win both of their crucial games, which would have given them the straight route to the playoff round. But they were able to battle themselves to overtime in three of the four preliminary round games and, despite losing three of the shootout games, still secured the extra point. Due to this bizarre situation in Group A, Switzerland was dependent on help from other nations, which they luckily received from the Czech Republic and Sweden, both of whom had defeated Finland, which surprisingly sent the Finns to the relegation round.… read more


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