Ice hockey team misses out on Olympic semifinals

Switzerland have been beaten 2-0 by the United States, with Zach Parise scoring twice in the third period to book a place to the Olympic semifinals.

This content was published on February 25, 2010 minutes

The Americans had their work cut out against the Swiss, who hoped to advance despite being the lowest-ranked team left in the tournament. Parise sealed the win with his second goal, an empty-netter with 11.2 seconds remaining.

Swiss goalkeeper Jonas Hiller of the National Hockey League’s Anaheim Ducks kept it a contest by making 42 saves. Switzerland recorded 19 shots on Ryan Miller.

Despite having only two regular NHL players, the Swiss were gallant in long-time coach Ralph Krueger's last Olympics. Switzerland finished sixth four years ago in the Turin Games and were looking for their best showing in Canada.

"We had high expectations," a teary-eyed Hiller said, in a voice that cracked.

"We knew we had a solid team and we can upset some of the big ones and that's what we tried to do. I wish we could have upset them a little more. It's always tough to lose, but losing in the quarterfinals in the Olympics and being that close, it definitely hurts. I am quite disappointed right now."

The US will face Finland, who beat the Czech Republic 2-0 on Wednesday. and agencies

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