- Swiss women take their next lesson at the Olympics and contend their third defeat in the third set match.
- Colin Muller’s team was defeated by USA favorites in a ratio of 0:8.
- In the conclusion of the group stage, Switzerland meets Finland on Monday afternoon.
As much as the roles were split between the nine-time world champions from the USA and Switzerland on paper, the events were mirrored on the ice from the first minute. The Americans literally pressured Switzerland into their third place and created opportunity after opportunity.
2 goals within 9 seconds
But it was the Swiss who had their first big chance in the match. After one of her rare Liberation Attacks, Lara Stalder puts the puck into the mast and misses the early advance. This seemed to be a wake-up call for the 2018 Olympic champions, who soon after took the lead in the power game. After the double hit within 9 seconds, the score was 0:3 shortly thereafter and at the end of the first period 0:5 from a Swiss perspective.
Swiss coach Colin Muller reacted to his team’s lack of opportunity (4:22 shots on target after 20 minutes) and replaced goalkeeper Saskia Maurer with Andrea Brindley, who was among the defenders in the first two matches.
Swiss women fight bravely
The change had an effect. And Brindley was hit only three times and saved 41 shots. The United States remained by far the superior team, but the Swiss defended themselves to the best of their ability and managed to put a bit of a needle offensively. The consolation goal was unsuccessful.
The final group match against Finland is scheduled for Monday at 2:10pm CST (Live on SRF). The Finns lost their first two matches to the top candidates of the United States and Canada. The quarter-final matches will be held on Friday and Saturday.
Switzerland has little chance of reaching third place in the group. This means that the opponent in the knockout round will again be from Group A and will likely be called either Russia or Finland.
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