Switzerland 2, Finland 1
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) _ Peter Jaks and Jakob Koelliker scored within a 92-second span of the first period Sunday night and underdog Switzerland held on for a 2-1 Olympic hockey victory over Finland.
The result was a mild surprise, as Finland is seeded fifth and Switzerland ninth. In addition, Finland is considered one of the top hockey-playing nations in Europe and has six former NHL players.
The Swiss managed only 15 shots on goal - five each period - but two of their first-period shots found the net.
A misplay by Finland’s Jukka Tammi, one of the better-known goalies in the Olympics, led to the first goal 6:19 into the game.
Tammi bobbled the puck after trying to glove it at the side of the net and Switzerland’s Fredy Luethi gained control. Luethi was checked behind the goal, but the puck went right onto the stick of Jaks, whose wrist shot beat Tammi.
Shortly after the entire Swiss team went onto the ice to congratulate Jaks, play resumed and Koelliker picked up a loose puck in the right circle and slapped a shot over Tammi’s glove to make it 2-0.
Swiss goalie Richard Bucher’s shutout bid was foiled with 16:19 to play on Reijo Mikkolainen’s goal. Bucher, who made 32 saves, withstood fierce pressure the rest of the way to preserve the victory.