U.S. Hockey Narrowly Escapes The Swiss, Miller vs Hiller Match

Bill RobbinsContributor IFebruary 24, 2010

VANCOUVER, BC - FEBRUARY 24:  Jonas Hiller #1 of Switzerland  greets Ryan Miller #39 of the United States after their game during the ice hockey men's quarter final game between USA and Switzerland on day 13 of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics at Canada Hockey Place on February 24, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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The U.S. ends up winning in hard fought match against Switzerland 2-0 in the Miller vs Hiller match.

As U.S. upset Canada 5-3 on Sunday, they were given a bye until the quarterfinals, which they faced the winner of the Belarus vs Switzerland game in which Switzerland ended up winning in a shootout Tuesday.

Initially people thought that the U.S. would easily win against Switzerland but in realty it turned out to be a much tougher game than originally thought. As this game would be known as battle of the goaltenders. America's Miller vs Swiss Hiller.

As the game started the U.S. had shot after shot blocked by Swiss goaltender Jonas Hiller, then roughly 12 minutes into the first period Ryan Callahan was called for a 2 minute hooking penalty.

The Swiss had the opportunity to score but as the U.S. was a man down, they were able to kill of the penalty. Then the first period ended scoreless with the U.S. outshoting the Swiss 18-4.

As the second period drew on the U.S. was called for another penalty by Ryan Malone for roughing but once again were able to finish it off without allowing a goal.

The as time went on during the second period, the Americans had opportunity after opportunity to score, with the Swiss being called for three separate penalties. But in the end Hiller made save after save. Finishing with 14 saves that period without allowing one goal.

After two periods, the score was tied 0-0, with the U.S. still outshot the Swiss 32-8.

Jonas Hiller finished a masterful first two periods with 32 saves and 0 goals allowed.

But two minutes (2:08) into the third period the Americans would finally cash in one of their shots during a power play. When superstar forward Zach Parise was set up by a missed slap shot from Brian Rafalski, then Parise shot the puck towards the net and over Hiller's arm. Then SCORE, the U.S. finally took the lead 1-0.

Then once again the U.S. thought they had another goal two minutes later from Ryan Kesler, but in a controversial call, the refs took away the goal and gave him a high sticking call.

However, Still the Swiss would not be put away easily. They would have 11 shots on goal in the 3rd period, providing many scares for team U.S.A. , but American goaltender Ryan Miller backed his play by blocking each one.

At the end Zach Parise would add an empty netter to finish Switzerland 2-0.

This game both Jonas Hiller and Ryan Miller both had phenomenal games. Hiller would end up with 42 saves and only one goal allowed. Miller had 19 saves on 19 shots, a perfect game. This game will be known for its stellar goaltending.

With the 2-0 victory over Switzerland, the U.S. will play the winner of the Czech Republic vs Finland, in the semi-finals. The winner of that game gets to play in the gold medal game.

Go Team USA.