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Stifling Swiss shut out Czechs, clinch second place in Group C

Feb 15, 2014, 2:19 PM EDT

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Jonas Hiller and Switzerland did it again.

The Anaheim goalie notched his second straight shutout of the Olympics on Saturday, stopping all 24 shots faced in a 1-0 win over the Czech Republic at the Bolshoy Ice Dome. With the win, Switzerland clinched second place in Group C and emerged a dangerous opponent for the playoff round.

Hiller hasn’t surrendered a goal in 120 minutes of action and the Swiss have conceded just once in three games, during a 1-0 loss to Group C winners Sweden on Friday. We wrote about Switzerland’s stout defense/conservative approach prior to the tournament and the team has been exactly that, participating in three 1-0 games during the group phase (the Swiss beat Latvia on a goal with eight seconds left in the tourney opener).

VIDEO: Watch Hiller’s stellar performance

Simon Bondemann scored in the first period for Switzerland, just the country’s second goal of the Games, with Kevin Romy and Denis Hollenstein registering assists. The only other Swiss skaters to register points this tournament are Nashville forward Simon Moser — who scored the game-winner against Latvia — and Flyers defenseman Mark Streit, who assisted on Moser’s tally.

As for the Czechs, today’s loss caps off a disappointing group phase in which they only registered one win, against Latvia, and saw an illness run through the team. Defenseman Radko Gudas drew in for the first time after missing the opening two games due to sickness, but veteran forward Patrik Elias missed the game because he fell ill.

Notes: Vancouver defenseman Raphael Diaz led all Swiss players with 23:29 TOI… Marek Zidlicky once again led the Czechs, with 27:19… Ondrej Pavelec played his second straight game for the Czechs and did well, stopping 25 of 26 shots.

  1. atwatercrushesokoye - Feb 15, 2014 at 2:37 PM

    The Swiss are a dangerous team, their silver at the World Championship last year wasn’t a fluke, they’ve figured out how to compete with less talent than their opponents, suffocating D and then just waiting for their opponents to make a mistake they can counter. I really hope Canada doesn’t run into them in this tournament because they give us trouble every time.

    • avscup - Feb 15, 2014 at 2:46 PM

      I hope Canada has to play them! Canada has played a creampuff schedule so far. Hope the Fins give them a game.

      • atwatercrushesokoye - Feb 15, 2014 at 2:59 PM

        It’s not college football where teams pick their schedules, Canada is playing the schedule the IOC gave them.

  2. jimeejohnson - Feb 16, 2014 at 11:27 AM

    Team Canada will turn them into Swiss cheese! Signed: fan of North American hockey.

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