Czechoslovakia 4, Switzerland 2
MERIBEL, France (AP) _ Czechoslovakia finished preliminary-round play Sunday with a 4-2 victory over Switzerland in an Olympic hockey game that meant little to either team.
Czechoslovakia (4-1) had already clinched a medal-round spot but had no chance to gain the top seed in its group. Switzerland (1-4) was eliminated from playoff contention earlier in the day when France beat Norway.
Peter Veselovsky’s 30-foot shot beat Swiss goalie Renato Tosio with 3:17 to play, snapping a 2-2 tie, and Ladislav Lubina scored 35 seconds later.
Twice in the first two periods, Switzerland took one-goal leads. Both times, Czechoslovakia rallied to tie.
Patrick Howald’s slap shot beat Czech goalie Oldrich Svoboda 7:58 into the game before Petr Rosol’s wrist shot made it 1-1 after one. Manuele Celio scored between Svoboda’s pads in the second period to put the Swiss ahead again, but Robert Lang’s breakaway goal evened the score.