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US loses to Switzerland 4-3 in OT in hockey worlds

US loses to Switzerland 4-3 in OT in hockey worlds

The United States got two goals from defenseman Ron Hainsey but lost to Switzerland 4-3 in overtime Monday at the hockey world championships. The Americans will face Finland in the quarterfinals, avoiding a possible matchup with Canada by extending the game to overtime.
Switzerland was eliminated despite winning. The host nation needed a victory in regulation to advance and held the lead twice. It won 13 seconds into the extra period.
The Americans will face Finland in the last eight Wednesday because the Finns could not beat Canada in regulation despite leading 3-1 in the second period. The game in Zurich was 3-3 after regulation and also went to overtime.
Canada will next play Latvia, which relied on the U.S. getting at least a point against the Swiss.
In Bern, Sweden beat France 6-3. The result guarantees Sweden second place in Group E behind unbeaten Russia and a knockout match against the Czech Republic, which finished third in Group F. France finished in last place, conceding 27 goals in five defeats.
Hainsey twice scored on long power-play shots in the second period of an often bad-tempered game.
Swiss forward Julien Sprunger was wheeled off the rink and taken to a hospital to treat a neck injury after being sent into the boards by David Backes at 7:15 of the first period. Backes was ejected with a game misconduct call.
U.S. captain Dustin Brown was then called for roughing, giving 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 : 2021-03-01 03:37 GMT+08:00