OGDB2: Swiss Cheese

 

Ah the Swiss. Makers of fine watches and chocolates, inventors of cheese. You are a pleasant mountain nation not unlike Banff, if Banff had a country to call its own that stretched to Jasper and was full of Swiss People.

Yes, if that was a proper country and it had an Olympic Hockey team it would be YOU we are looking to crush tonight in the Ice Hockey Match. So thank your lucky stars you aren’t Switzerland Banff, thank your lucky stars.

Funny thing about these here Swiss. They aren’t actually all that bad. They have already hung in there with the USA in a 3-1 loss in the first game of an Olympic bid for Gold, which is quite respectable considering the Americans are still relatively fresh in these Games and won’t run out of mental gas until the semi finals. 

Lest we forget that the last time these two met in Turino in 2006 , the Swiss had the audacity to shut out the Mighty Canadians 2-0.

*moment of silence*

So we can’t take the Swiss lightly or they will rear up and bite us, filling our veins with their venomous venom. That’s how Swiss people roll, so keep a sharp eye.

HERE IS YOUR 2010 SWISS ROSTER

Hmmm. What do we have here? Let’s take a look shall we?*

*Vegas Todd was kind enough to hook us up with a real roster courtesy of NBC. We don’t know why he moved to Vegas, but we appreciate he and his research skills immensely.

GOALIES

Jonas Hiller –  Anaheim Ducks 
Ronnie Rueger  –  Kloten Flyers 
Tobias Stephan  –  HC Geneve Servette 

DEFENSE

Severin Blindenbacher  –   Farjestads BK Karlstad 
Raphael Diaz  –  EV Zug 
Luca Sbisa  –  Portland Winterhawks 
Mathias Seger  –  ZSC Lions Zurich 
Mark Streit –  New York Islanders 
Yannick Weber – Montreal Canadiens 
 

FORWARDS

Andres Ambuhl  –  Hartford Wolf Pack 
Thomas Deruns  –   HC Geneve Servette 
Hnat Domenichelli  –   HC Lugano 
Sandy Jeannin  –   HC Fribourg-Gotteron 
Thibaut Monnet  –  ZSC Lions Zurich 
Thierry Paterlini  –   Rapperswil-Jona Lakers 
Martin Pluss  –  Bern 
Ivo Ruthemann  –  SC Bern 
Raffaele Sannitz  –  HC Lugano 
Julien Sprunger  –  HC Fribourg-Gotteron 
Roman Wick –  Kloten Flyers 

EXPERT ANALYSIS

Big ups to the warsh for the link

Looking down this list of players we don’t think that there are a lot of players to be worried about. But then we look at that picture of the Swiss Cobra up there and realize that there is a lot to worry about. The Swiss have all of one forward currently playing in North America and it’s in the AHL.

This leaves us wondering how much the Swiss can rely on Mark Streit to score 100% of his team’s goals, play sterling defense and possibly Coach the team in between periods if needed. Hiller in net is reasonably sound, except that he is also a total nerd, which ultimately deducts any respect we would give him on account of skill.

Remember Michel Riesen?

Gregor just blew his gasket about the roster we have used for the Swiss team above. (note: we have a real roster now up, but odds are you will keep reading anyway.) One of the only places we could find an actual roster was from the blog linked to above, which claims it took it’s information from the IIHF back in late 2009. CTV/TSN/SportsNet/MTV helpfully has no such rosters on their site, but do have a snazzy picture slideshow of some of the players here.

Gregor claims Michel Riesen – former Oilers disaster of a first round pick – isn’t playing for the National team. We maintain that he is, because some random blog says he that is. And so went the debate, round and round and round again. This is how Gregor and your ol’ pal Wanye spend our days. Yelling about Swiss wingers who disappointed the Oilers last millenium and speculating whether or not they will see action in a loss against the Canadians tonight.

Who will be right? Only time will tell.

That tingling in your arms that you are feeling as you read this is called electricity.

You’re welcome.

TEAM VICTORY (CANADA)

Fresh off of an 8-0 stomping of the Norweigians – not the Finns as some moron would have led you to believe – the Canadian team is off to a good start. Iginla has discovered that playing with world class line mates improves your results on the ice and Marc Andre Fleury has found an excellent sushi bar right around the corner from the Athletes Villiage where he can try and convince chicks that he is actually in the NHL.

This will be the first real test for the Canadian team tonight, so we will keep our excitement tuned to a maximum high and defer making any judgements of the team until after the game.

FINALLY

Do Kathy Kreiner (CAN) Gold medalist in the 1976 giant slalom in Innsbruck proud fellas.

Let’s get at ‘er.

  • Wanyes bastard child

    Can someone smarter than me help (Jason/Robin, not Wanye) I read through the new scoring system they are using this year and im trying to understand them.

    So when Canada beats TLP's team on sunday and finish with 8 points, say in the other 3 groups we have three teams with 9 points, since we still finished in the top four we get the bye correct?

    We won't have to play the next game in the 24 hours to advance and thus we can move to the next round rested, just wondering if im right on this… thanks.

      • @Wanyes bastard child

        After the prelims, all teams are ranked 1 through 12 using points & many complicated formulas. Top 4 teams get a bye to Quarter Finals. The other 8 teams play for the last 4 spots. Tie Breaks & the tournament format is explained here, http://www.iihf.com/channels10/olympics-2010/home/men/format.html

        Step 1:
        Taking into consideration the games between each of the tied teams, a sub-group is created applying the points awarded in the direct games amongst the tied teams from which the teams are then ranked accordingly.

        Step 2:
        Should the teams still remain tied then the better goal difference in the direct games amongst the tied teams will be decisive.

        Step 3:
        Should the teams still remain tied then the highest number of goals scored by these teams in their direct games will be decisive

        Step 4:
        Should three or more teams still remain tied then the results between each of the three teams and the closest best-ranked team outside the sub-group will be applied. In this case the tied team with the best result (1. points, 2. goal difference, 3. more goals scored) against the closest best ranked-team will take precedence

        Step 5:
        Should the teams still remain tied, then the results between each of the three teams and the next highest best-ranked team outside the sub-group will be applied.

        Step 6:
        Should the teams still remain tied after these five steps have been exercised then Sport considerations will be applied and the tied teams will be ranked following their 2009 IIHF World Ranking Positions.

        Losing the point shouldn't be a big deal, assuming we beat the Yanks. If we cannot get the bye, then chances are we would be playing a stronger opponent in the quarter finals than we would have if we had the bye.

        The Russians lost as well in the shoot out last night. So in theory, it could be Canada & US advancing in top 4 seeds based on some of the complicated formulas using GF & GA.