Switzerland continued their torrid streak at the 2013 World Championships, dispatching the United States 3-0 to qualify for their first Gold Medal Game since 1935, retaining the International Hockey Lineal Championship in the process.
The first period opened scoreless, with both U.S. netminder John Gibson and Swiss keeper Reto Berra playing sharp, Gibson in particular making some key saves while being pounded with 18 shots, including some assistance from his goaltending assistants, his crossbar and goalposts. The scoring opened up one second past the midway point of the second, with a Martin Plüss feed to a wide open Nino Niederreiter on a 2-on-1, allowing Niederreiter to wire the one-timer past Gibson to open the scoring.
While the U.S. pressed hard in the third, outshooting the Eisgenossen 13-7 in the final frame, they were unable to garner enough quality chances on Berra, who turned away the key chances that did end up getting through. But the U.S. hill got harder to climb midway through the third, as a Simon Moser pass sprung Julian Walker past U.S. defenceman Erik Johnson on a breakaway, where he blasted a slapshot past Gibson to make it 2-0 with less than ten to go. While the U.S. did press with an extra attacker, Reto Suri potted an empty netter with 19 seconds to go, stamping Switzerland’s ticket to the final, their first finals in 78 years.
With the win, the Swiss extend their latest International Hockey Lineal Championship reign, their 15th in history that began in April, that is now the second longest reign since 2000, only behind Russia’s 16 game streak in 2008. This was the first IHLC meeting between Switzerland and the U.S. since an exhibition game in April 2009, which the Swiss won 5-2 to retain the IHLC. The Swiss now advance to the Gold Medal Game, facing the host country Sweden to unite the Gold and IHLC in Stockholm.
09:50 – PEN – Furrer, cross checking
24:07 – PEN – Palushaj, charging
30:01 – GOAL – Niederreiter (Plüss)
39:30 – PEN – team, too many players
43:07 – PEN – Trouba, slashing
44:50 – PEN – Carter, delay of game
47:42 – PEN – Petry, interference
50:11 – GOAL – Walker (Moser, Furrer)
59:41 – EN GOAL – Suri (Niederreiter)
W: Berra (29-29)
L: Gibson (28-30)
SHOTS ON GOAL
18+6+7 = 31
9+7+13 = 29
Goaltenders: Reto Berra, Martin Gerber. Defence: Severin Blindenbacher, Eric Blum, Raphael Díaz, Philippe Furrer, Roman Josi, Mathias Seger (C), Julien Vauclair (A), Patrick von Gunten. Forwards: Andres Ambühl, Matthias Bieber, Simon Bodenmann, Luca Cunti, Ryan Gardner, Denis Hollenstein, Simon Moser, Nino Niederreiter, Martin Plüss (A), Reto Suri, Morris Trachsler, Julian Walker.
Goaltenders: Ben Bishop, John Gibson. Defence: Chris Butler, Matt Carle (A), Justin Faulk, Matt Hunwick, Erik Johnson, Jamie McBain, Jeff Petry, Jacob Trouba. Forwards: Nick Bjugstad, Ryan Carter, Alex Galchenyuk, Stephen Gionta, Danny Kristo, David Moss, T.J. Oshie, Aaron Palushaj, Craig Smith, Tim Stapleton, Paul Stastny (C), Nate Thompson (A).