Here we are, finally things are getting serious in the preparation for the upcoming 2019 World Ice Hockey Championship that is scheduled for next May in Slovakia!

Switzerland start their series of 6 friendly games with two games against Russia – April 18th, April 20th, in Sochi. Therefore, in Russia. It doesn’t happen very often that Switzerland face the “Sbronaja” in their own home. It happened only 3 times this century and always in the context of the World Ice Hockey Championship.

MAY 2016 – A CLEAR DEFEAT SUFFERED

The last time it happened on May 14th, 2016, in Moscow. On that occasion, our Swiss suffered a clear 5-1 defeat. Simon Moser scored the only goal for us… for the Russian instead, the scorers were Telegin (2), Kuznetsov, Shikorov and Mozyakin.

IT WASN’T ANY BETTER IN 2007

Also back in 2017, and always in Moscow, Switzerland weren’t able to win and suffered a 6-3 defeat. Mark Streit, Paul Di Pietro and Marc Reichert scored for us… However, Zinoviev, Kovalchuk, Zaripov, Markov, Frolov and Schastlivy earned the win for the “Sbronaja”.

THE LAST WIN IN RUSSIA BACK IN 2000…

Here is the last win for Switzerland against Russia in Russia that goes back to almost 7’000 days ago… and more precisely, it dates back to May 3rd, 2000. The Swiss and the Russian faced each other during the 2000 World Ice Hockey Championship in St. Petersbug. Switzerland, back then coached by Ralph Krueger, earned a shocking 3-2 win! The Russian took the lead with Yashin… Switzerland equalized with Patrick Sutter… then Kozlov restored the hosts’ lead… but finally, Flavien Conne and Thomas Ziegler earned the win for us!

THE LAST AND ONLY ONE…

It must be said that that win earned on May 3rd, 2000, was the first and only win for Switzerland on Russian soil against the “Sbronaja”.

The Swiss in fact, played 4 times in their history in Russia against Russia prior to that historical win. And always suffered defeats. It happened on December 15th, 1992, when the Russian earned a 4-1 win… It happened on December 11th, 1955, when the Russian earned a very clear 11-1 win… and it happened also in February 16th and 18th, when the Russian earned two other wins (3-1; 13-1)…

We mean, life is hard for Switzerland in Russia against the Russians! Will Patrick Fischer and his guys be able to earn a second ever win on Russian soil against the “Sbronaja”? Well, we’ll know very soon.

Best wishes… and Hopp Suisse!

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