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Nervous start costs Switzerland points

Switzerland trailed 0:3 against the USA after the first period. Although the Swiss were able to improve in the following period, the deficit from the first period was too heavy. In the end, they were beaten 2:4 by the USA.

Goalkeeper Ziörjen had to reach behind him for the first time in the opening minute after Brandon Jones was given too much freedom to finish in the slot. A blow at the start of the tournament, but one that Tibor Kapanek's team was able to absorb surprisingly well.

As the period progressed, the Swiss team increasingly shook off their initial nervousness. Just as the Swiss were entering their best phase, the Americans delivered a shock with a double strike. 0:3 at the first break - not the start the Swiss wanted.

However, the deficit belied the fact that Switzerland was certainly on a par. At least local player Alexandre Mermoud was able to reduce the deficit while outnumbered. The next low blow followed shortly before the second break, when the USA restored their three-goal lead.

To the Swiss team's credit, they continued to endeavour to catch up despite the unfortunate course of the game. Mario Paulik got the Lonza Arena cheering for a second time this evening after a beautiful ball relay. However, there were no more points to be scored today, partly because the USA defended with concentration and style in the final phase.

Switzerland continue their campaign tomorrow at 20:30 against Finland.


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