Zach Parise scored twice in the third period, and the top-seeded U.S. men's hockey team reached the Olympic semifinals with a tense 2-0 victory over Switzerland.
VANCOUVER, B.C. -- Only one goal dribbled past Swiss goalie Jonas Hiller Wednesday at Canada Hockey Place, but for the United States, one goal was enough.
The Americans took a 2-0 quarterfinal victory over Switzerland on two third-period goals -- one an empty-netter -- by Zach Parise. They will play the winner of Wednesday night's Finland-Czech Republic game Friday in the semifinals.
The Swiss had seemed content to play a stifling zone defense in front of the stellar Hiller, the Anaheim Ducks goalie who turned away 41 shots with stick saves, glove saves -- he may even have pitched a scoreless ninth. But after a tripping penalty early in the final period put the Americans on the power play, Parise's shot bounced up over the goalie's right shoulder, dropped to the goalmouth beside him and dribbled across the line with 17 minutes, 52 seconds left to go.
"We threw 40 shots at him, and something was going to go in," Parise said. "We were playing smart, getting pucks deep, not taking high risks and that is how you have to play."
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