Wednesday, February 24, 2010

USA Olympic Hockey Team to Play Swiss Wednesday

By virtue of Switzerland's 3-2 shootout win over Belarus Tuesday, the US will now face the Swiss on Wednesday afternoon in the quarterfinal game in the Vancouver Olympics. The US defeated Switzerland 3-1 in the first game of the preliminary round last Tuesday.

Canada drilled Germany 8-2 to gain the quarterfinals against Russia Wednesday. The Czechs and Slovaks each won one-goal games over Latvia and Norway, respectively, to round out the field of eight. The other teams in the final eight are Finland and Sweden.

The Swiss played the US tough and scared the hell out of Canada two days later, forcing the Canucks to a shootout. They're tough and goaltender Jonas Hiller (Anaheim Ducks) is playing very well in the nets. This is no gimme game for the Yanks, but don't expect them to relax in this one.

The US game is at 2pm Wednesday and we'll likely have a recap Wednesday evening. Should the US advance, the semifinals are on Friday.

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