Detroit Red Wings
RedWingsSeasonTickets.com Follow @DetroitRedWings on Twitter! Follow the Red Wings on Facebook! Follow @DetroitRedWings on Instagram! Follow OfficialDRW on Snapchat! Get Red Wings Email Updates Get Red Wings Text Updates Get the Detroit Red Wings Official Mobile App
 

 
  • PRINT
  • RSS

Swiss win shootout, face U.S. next

Tuesday, 02.23.2010 / 6:20 PM ET / News
By Bob Condor
X
Share with your Friends


Swiss win shootout, face U.S. next
Detroit Red WingsPARTICIPATING RED WINGSDetroit Red Wings

GOALS
ASSISTS
POINTS
+/-
PIM
SERGEI KOLOSOV
0 0 0 0 0

VANCOUVER
-- Next up, Team USA -- again.
 
Switzerland advanced to meet the top-seeded Americans by yanking out a stay-alive 3-2 shootout win over Belarus on Tuesday in the first of four qualifying-round games.

The Swiss, shooting first, got goals by Thomas Deruns and Rolando Lemm in the first two rounds of the shootout. Dmitri Meleshko scored for Belarus in the second round, but after Andrei Mezin stopped Ivo Ruthemann, Swiss goaltender Jonas Hiller foiled Sergei Kostitsyn for the win.

The victory earned the Swiss a second crack at the Americans, who beat then 3-1 in the opening game of the tournament a week ago. Team USA went on to beat Norway and Canada to win Group A and finish first in the round-robin portion of the tournament.

The Canada Hockey Place crowd clearly nominated Belarus for underdog status in the third period, breaking into chants of "BEL-ah-ROOS" at regular intervals.
 
The teams entered the final 20 minutes tied at 2-2. Mezin, who has played his share of big international games, was getting more work than Hiller in the Swiss net. Switzerland took 26 shots in the first two periods, compared to only 11 for Belarus.
 
The shots in the third period were much more even, testing both goaltenders. Hiller made about three saves that could have been characterized as better would-be goals when sized up against the two he surrendered. He muffed a dribbling puck on the first Belarus goal, scored in the first minute.
 
Belarus' second goal, at 15:42 of the second period, developed when Hiller couldn't cleanly handle a deflected point shot by forward Aleksei Ugarov on the power play, leaving the puck for a wide-open Konstantin Zakharov to slam into the net.
 
Mezin, you will remember if your Olympic memory is sharp, pulled off a stunning elimination upset of Team Sweden at the 2002 Winter Game despite facing 50 shots from Nick Lidstrom and other NHL stars. And if your New York Rangers acumen is on scent today, you know Mezin stopped 40 of 44 to barely lose to the NHL club, 4-3, in the first-ever Victoria Cup in Europe in 2008.

New York Islanders and Swiss captain Mark Streit played another strong game, totaling 30:32 of ice time -- more than five minutes longer on ice than any teammate. He assisted on Switzerland's second goal -- but more important disrupted most rushes by Aleksei Kalyuzhny and Kostitsyn of the Montreal Canadiens and Konstantin Koltsov. One of his best plays came with just under 12 minutes left, knocking down an open Belarus forward, Sergei Demagin, about six feet in front of Hiller.
 
The game did not start out well for Hiller and his Swiss teammates. With just 59 seconds gone, Kalyuzhny slipped behind defenseman Severin Blindenbacher to receive a 90-foot pass from teammate Viktor Kostiuchenok. But the pass ricocheted off Kalyuzhny 's blade for a seemingly harmless redirect on goal.
 
However, Hiller couldn't handle the knuckling puck. Kalyuzhny kept skating and poked the loose puck between the Anaheim goalie's leg pads. There was a video review because the puck sort of meandered under Hiller and past the goal line, but it was ruled as a good goal.
 
The Swiss tied it at 12:25 when Julien Sprunger raced down the slot during a power play, took a quick pass by Wick and lifted a quick shot over Mezin's glove.

The power play helped the Swiss take the lead 7:07 into the second period. Streit's left-point blast hit a body in front and caromed right to Hnat Domenichelli for an easy tap-in at Mezin's left post.



GAME SUMMARY

SCORING
SUI  1 1 0 0 (2-3) - 3
BLR  1 1 0 0 (1-3) - 2

First Period Scoring: 1. BLR, A. Kalyuzhny (V. Kostiuchenok) 0:59; 2. SUI, J. Sprunger (R. Wick, M. Pluss) 12:25.

First Period Penalties: R. Lemm SUI (hooking) 10:15, A. Kalyuzhny BLR (holding) 11:13.

Second Period Scoring: 3. SUI, H. Domenichell (M. Streit, S. Blindenbacher) 7:07 PPG; 4. BLR, N. Stasenko (A.Ugarov, K. Zakharov) 15:42 PPG.

Second Period Penalties: A. Ugarov BLR (tripping) 00:21, S.Demagin BLR (holding), S. Jeannin SUI (delay of game) 9:32, M. Seger SUI (holding).

Third Period Scoring: No scoring.

Third Period Penalties: S. Blindenbacher SUI (holding) 3:14.

Overtime Scoring: No scoring.

Overtime Penalties: R. Wick SUI (tripping) 3:30.

Game Winning Shots
1. SUI, T. Deruns (goal)
1. BLR, O. Antonenko (save)
2. SUI, R. Lemm (goal)
2. BLR, D. Meleshko (goal)
3. SUI, I. Ruthemann (save)
3. BLR, S. Kostitsyn (save)

SHOTS ON GOAL
BLR   7   4   8   3  - 22
SUI  16 10 11  5  - 43

Goaltenders (goals-shots against): SUI: Hiller (W, 2-22); BLR: Mezin (L, 2-43).

Power plays (goals-chances): SUI: 1-3; BLR: 1-5.






SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
P. Datsyuk 66 16 33 7 49
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80