STOCKHOLM – The U.S. Men’s National Team lost to Switzerland, 3-0, here today in the semifinals of the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation Men’s World Championship. Team USA will play Finland in the bronze-medal game Sunday (May 19) at 4:00 p.m. local time (10:00 a.m. EDT) and NBC Sports Network will televise the game live.
John Gibson (Pittsburgh, Pa./Anaheim Ducks) stopped all 18 shots he faced in the first period, keeping the game scoreless heading into the first intermission.
Switzerland scored the game’s decisive goal on a two-on-one opportunity at 10:01 of the second stanza. Nino Niederreiter received a pass in the right slot and quickly lifted the puck high into the net.
Team USA was held scoreless on its second of two power plays in the game early in the third period.
Julian Walker blasted a slap shot into the U.S. net at 10:11 to double the Swiss advantage.
The U.S. pulled Gibson for an extra attacker with 2:19 left in regulation, however, Switzerland scored into the empty net in the final moments to cap the scoring.
The U.S. Men’s National Team is seeking its first medal since 2004 when it faces Finland tomorrow. The U.S. beat Finland last week in the preliminary round, 4-1.
Scoring By Period
First Period – Scoring: None. Penalties: SUI, Furrer (cross-checking), 9:50.
Second Period – Scoring: 1, SUI, Niederreiter (Pluss), 10:01. Penalties: USA, Palushaj (charging), 4:07; SUI, Team (too many men), 19:30.
Third Period – Scoring: 2, SUI, Walker (Moser, Furrer), 10:11; 3, SUI, Suri (Niederreiter), 19:41 (eng). Penalties: USA, Trouba (slashing), 3:07; USA, Carter (delaying the game), 4:50; USA, Petry (interference), 7:42.
Shots by Period
|USA, Gibson 58:00||18/18||6/5||6/5||30/28|
|SUI, Berra 60:00||9/9||7/7||13/13||29/29|
Power Play: USA, 0-2; SUI, 0-4
Penalties: USA, 4-8; SUI, 2-4
NOTES: John Gibson was named Team USA's Player of the Game ... Team USA's captain is Paul Stastny while the alternate captains are Matt Carle and Nate Thompson ... Twenty-one of the 23 members of Team USA played U.S. college hockey ... Twenty-two of the 25 members of Team USA played U.S. college hockey ... Nine of the 25 players announced are products of USA Hockey's National Team Development Program, including Matt Carle, Justin Faulk, John Gibson, Stephen Gionta, Matt Hunwick, Erik Johnson, Danny Kristo, Jamie McBain and Jacob Trouba ... Twelve NHL teams are represented on the roster, including the Calgary Flames, Carolina Hurricanes, Chicago Blackhawks, Colorado Avalanche, Edmonton Oilers, Florida Panthers, Montreal Canadiens, Phoenix Coyotes, St. Louis Blues, Tampa Bay Lightning and Winnipeg Jets ... Joe Sacco is the head coach of the 2013 U.S. National Men's Team. Tim Army, Danton Cole and Phil Housley are serving as assistant coaches ... The 2013 U.S. Men's National Team is under the direction of the U.S. Men's National Team Advisory Group, led by Jim Johannson, assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey. Members include NHL general managers Stan Bowman (Chicago), Paul Holmgren (Philadelphia), Dean Lombardi (Los Angeles), David Poile (Nashville), Ray Shero (Pittsburgh) and Dale Tallon (Florida) and NHL scouts Brian Burke (Anaheim) and Don Waddell (Pittsburgh) ... USA Hockey's international council, chaired by Tony Rossi, vice president of USA Hockey, has oversight responsibilities for all U.S. national teams.