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USA Hockey Makes the Semifinals, Blanks Switzerland 2-0

VANCOUVER, BC - FEBRUARY 24:  Ryan Miller #39 of the United States makes a save against Roman Wick #14 of Switzerland 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 Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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Tyler JuranovichCorrespondent IIIFebruary 24, 2010

The USA Olympic hockey team is one step closer to fulfilling the dream of becoming the world's greatest after a 2-0 quarterfinal win over Switzerland this afternoon. 

It was a very strong showing for the Americans because the Swiss are a team you can never take lightly. They pushed Canada to a shootout. The Swiss is dangerous because they can be a team that can upset any team that is not playing their best. 

Lucky for the Americans, they were playing their best. Ryan Miller has looked dominant throughout the Olympics, and today was no exception. Miller faced 19 shots and stopped all of them. Miller wasn't tested as much, but he saved some early shots that helped the USA in the long run. 

Swiss goaltender, Jonas Hiller, deserves a lot of credit. The whole tournament he kept the Swiss alive in every match, coming up huge in every game. In the end the Americans were just the better team. 

"Hillsy did an amazing job," Swiss defenseman Luca Sbisa said. "Without him, we wouldn't be this far in the tournament. He made unbelievable saves. We are so proud of him."

The Americans finally got the production from forward Zach Parise, that they had been hoping for. 

"A great performance from Zach Parise today," Wilson said. "I thought he was our best player, and in games like this your best players rise to the occasion and you saw that today."

Parise scored both of the Americans' goals, including the game-dealing open net goal with 12 seconds left in the game. 

Sadly, the chase for a medal comes to an end for the Swiss team.

"We would have needed a miracle to win today," Swiss coach Ralph Krueger said. "The Americans, in the end, were the better team."
 

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