U.S. Men’s Hockey Team in Easy Win Vs. Switzerland
Nothing fancy, just an easy, no-fuzz win for the U.S. Men’s Hockey Team in its opening match. The Americans overpowered their Swiss counterparts for a 3-1 victory that showed a glimpse of what Team USA is capable of doing.
Bobby Ryan opened the scoring by beating Swiss goalie and Anaheim Ducks teammate Jonas Hiller with one minute and one second left in the first period. David Backes doubled Team USA’s advantage in the second period by skating the length of the rink and beating Swiss defender Yannick Weber and Hiller. Ryan Malone of Tampa Bay completed the scoring for the Americans with a goal also in the second period.
Switzerland avoided being blanked when American goalie Ryan Miller knocked in a Roman Wick centering pass late in the final period. Team USA will next clash with Norway, the weakest team in the Olympics. The U.S. will close its group-stage assignments with a clash with host and bitter rival Canada on Sunday, February 21.