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Ice hockey team make Olympic quarterfinals

The Swiss ice hockey team have advanced to the Olympic quarterfinals with a 3-2 shootout victory over Belarus in Vancouver.

The reward for Switzerland's win is a quarterfinal game against the United States, a rematch from the first day of the Olympic tournament, when the US beat the Swiss 3-1.

The Swiss had a tighter-than-expected game against Belarus. Julien Sprunger and Hnat Domenichelli scored for Switzerland, while Aleksei Kalyuzhny and Konstantin Zakharov netted for Belarus.

The shootout was decided when Jonas Hiller clinched the win by stopping Sergei Kostitsyn in the third round.

"I think you can say Belarus and Switzerland are on the same level," Domenichelli said. "We found a way to come out on top. Now, we have a chance to get with the big boys."

Meanwhile Canada rebounded from their loss to the US to beat Germany 8-2 and set up a quarterfinal against Russia.

swissinfo.ch and agencies


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