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Switzerland goes out despite beating US 4-3 in OT

Switzerland goes out despite beating US 4-3 in OT

Switzerland scored a 4-3 overtime victory against the United States on Monday but was still eliminated from the ice hockey world championship.
The host nation needed a victory in regulation to advance _ and held the lead twice _ but only found the winning goal 13 seconds into the extra period.
U.S. defenseman Ron Hainsey twice scored on long range power-play shots in the second period to help the U.S. avoid a regulation defeat which could have meant a quarterfinal match against Canada.
The Americans will face Finland in the last eight because the Finns could not beat Canada in regulation despite holding a 3-1 lead in the second period. That game in Zurich was 3-3 at the end of regulation and also went to OT.
Canada has won the Zurich-based group and will next play Latvia, the No. 4 seed from Bern which relied on the U.S. scoring at least a point against the Swiss.
Switzerland led in the first and second periods of an often bad-tempered match.
Swiss forward Julien Sprunger was wheeled off the rink and taken to hospital for treatment to a neck injury after being sent into the boards by David Backes at 7:15 of the first. Backes was ejected with a game misconduct call.
U.S. captain Dustin Brown was then called for roughing, gifting the Swiss a 5-on-3 chance.
Switzerland took almost the full two minutes of its two-man advantage to get the puck on goal, and scored when Andres Ambuhl scooped in the rebound from Robert Esche's save at 9:42.
The U.S. wasted a 5-on-3 late in the first, but tied the game on its next power play at 5:57 of the second.
Hainsey hit a slap shot from near the offensive blue line beating Swiss goalie Martin Gerber low to his left glove side.
The U.S. had a goal ruled out on video review before Swiss captain Mark Streit and U.S. forward Kyle Okposo were called for roughing. Streit, the New York Islanders defenseman, was also penalized for fighting against Russia.
Switzerland led again at 11:03 when Romano Lemm was left alone between the circles and scored on a pass from behind the goal line.
Chris Higgins tied the game at 15:08 on a shot that squeezed through Gerber's glove.
The U.S. had its first lead at 3-2 on another two-man advantage in the final minute of the period. This time Hainsey scored high to Gerber's stick side with 12 seconds left.
Switzerland tied it at 3-3 midway through the third when Martin Pluss finished off a sweeping move down the left wing.
The U.S. had two empty-net chances late on but Jason Blake hit a post and had a goal disallowed for offside.
Gerber had 21 saves for the win, and Esche also had 21 stops.


Updated : 2020-11-30 15:21 GMT+08:00