United States 7, Switzerland 1
KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) _ Joe Sacco scored two goals as a Massachusetts wrecking crew led the U.S. hockey team to a 7-1 victory over Switzerland in the first round of the Goodwill Games on Saturday.
The game was played before just 2,491 fans in the 5,800-seat Tri-City Coliseum.
It was an easy debut for a U.S. team that already had gained attention by defeating the powerful Soviet Union in an exhibition game last weekend.
Players with Massachusetts connections scored four goals and added six assists.
The game was scoreless for nearly 10 minutes before Switzerland’s Raymond Walder drove the puck past goalie Guy Hebert, a St. Louis Blues’ draft choice, had stopped two Swiss shots in front before Walder netted a deflection. But Hebert shut the door on the Swiss after that.
Jim Johannson, a veteran of the 1988 U.S. Olympic team, put the Americans
on the scoreboard at 15:37 with a deflection past goalie Renato Tosio.
On a power play, Shawn McEachern passed to Sacco from behind the net and Socco fired a wrist shot past Tosio for a 2-1 lead late in the first.
Seconds later, McEachern’s point-blank shot was blocked by Tosio, but Sacco put in the rebound for a 3-1. Tony Amonte assisted on both goals.
Sacco, McEachern and Amonte are teammates at Boston University.
Jim Nesich backhanded a shot past the beleaguered Tosio at 5:12 of the second. A minute later, David Emma of Boston College scored on a breakaway.
Tim Sweeney, formerly of Boston College, scored early in the third period for a 6-1 lead. Dan Keczmer scored on a slap shot during a power play a minute later. Sweeney assisted.
The next game for the United States is against the Soviets on Monday night.