IIHF World Championships - Semi-finals
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The Cinderella story will continue for Switzerland as they scored two unanswered goals and an empty netter to punch their ticket to the Gold Medal game on Sunday against Finland.
Switzerland had a chance to open the scoring early in the first as Julian Walker’s shot beat John Gibson but not the crossbar.
The Swiss kept pressure in the U.S. zone as right off the faceoff, Simon Moser’s shot from the point was stopped but on the doorstep was Martin Pluss who tried to bang in the rebound but he couldn’t beat Gibson.
Shortly after, Nino Niederreiter picked up Chris Butler’s turnover in the U.S. zone and went on the breakaway. Gibson was able to get his stick on it before Niederreiter was able to get a shot off.
The U.S. went on the first powerplay of the game as Phiippe Furrer was called for cross-checking and on the powerplay, the U.S. turned over the puck in the neutral zone, which led to a shorthanded chance for Switzerland. Mathias Seger made the drop pass to Julian Walker but Gibson made the huge glove save to keep the game scoreless.
In the second, Moser picked up the loose puck behind the net and went with the wraparound but missed the wide-open net and hit the post.
Midway through the second, a turnover by the U.S. at the blue line led to Switzerland’s first goal of the game. Pluss began the rush up the ice and made a cross-ice pass to Niederreiter, who put the puck up and over Gibson’s glove to put Switzerland up, 1-0.
Switzerland almost took a two-goal lead as they went on the two-on-one rush but before Julien Vauclair could get a shot off, Paul Stastny rushed back in time and made the back check on Vauclair to break up the play.
The U.S. had a chance to score the equalizer as David Moss picked up the rebound and tried to backhand the puck in on the short side but Berra made the save
Rebound moss with the backhand but Berra made the glove save and preserve their 1-0 lead.
A few minutes later, Walker went on the breakaway and beat Gibson top shelf to put Switzerland up, 2-0.
With less than three minutes left in the third, the U.S. pulled Gibson for the extra skater but couldn’t beat Berra.
A turnover by the U.S. in the neutral zone led to Reto Suri’s breakaway where he netted the empty netter as Switzerland would go on to win, 3-0.
Jeff Petry was pointless in the game with zero shots on net and 13:45 of ice time.
Switzerland will go on to face Sweden tomorrow for the gold medal while the U.S. will face Finland for the bronze medal.
Puck drop for TEAM USA will be at 8:00 A.M. (MT).
-- Wendy Mach, edmontonoilers.com