Canada falls to Swiss at World Hockey Championship, but Veleno stomp draws ire

RIGA — Andres Ambuhl scored the game-winning goal as Switzerland defeated Canada 3-2 on Saturday to stay perfect at the men’s world hockey championship in Riga, Lativa.

Nico Hischier and Dario Simion also scored for Switzerland, which has five regulation wins in as many games and leads Group B.

Captain Tyler Toffoli and Michael Carcone scored the goals for Canada in the loss.

Leonardo Genoni made 27 saves in the Swiss net, while Samuel Montembeault turned away 23 of 26 shots for the Canadians.

Canada forward Joe Veleno stomped on the foot of Switzerland captain Nino Niederreiter at 8:48 of the second period, but he was not penalized for it. Instead, Niederreiter was sent to the box for roughing after he went after Veleno and Canada scored on the power play.

It’s unknown if the International Ice Hockey Federation will sanction Veleno, who plays for the Detroit Red Wings, after a review.

Canada suffered its first defeat of the tournament but remains in a good position with three regulation wins, one overtime win and a loss.

The Canadians wrap up group play with games Monday against Norway and Tuesday against Czechia before the knockout stage begins Thursday.

–with files from Sportsnet staff

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