U.S. falls to Swiss at Worlds

U.S. goalkeeper Ty Conklin allows a goal to Switzerland during their qualification round game at...

U.S. goalkeeper Ty Conklin allows a goal to Switzerland during their qualification round game at the Hockey Worlds on Monday. (REUTERS/Petr Josek)

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KOSICE, Slovakia -- Kevin Lotscher tallied twice and Martin Pluss added three assists as Switzerland finished group play with a 5-3 decision over the United States at the 2011 World Ice Hockey Championship.

Ryan Gardner also tallied, Morris Trachsler posted two helpers and Tobias Stephan stopped 31 shots for the Swiss, who will not advance.

Switzerland needed a loss by Norway to have any chance to earn a quarterfinal berth but those hopes were dashed as Marius Holtet scored four goals to lift Norway into the quarterfinals with a 5-2 win over France earlier in the day.

The Norwegians finished third in Group F, and will play in the quarterfinals for the first time since 2008 and for only the second time since the current format was introduced in 1992. France, meanwhile, wrapped up its tournament last in Group F.

Ryan Shannon and James van Riemsdyk scored for the Americans, who, despite the loss, finished fourth in Group F and will take on the Czech Republic in the quarters.

Ty Conklin got the start but was yanked after allowing four goals on 16 shots. Al Montoya stopped all 12 shots he faced the rest of the way.

In Bratislava, Jarkko Immonen notched the winner in the shootout as Finland rallied past Russia, 3-2.

Mikko Koivu and Janne Niskala scored to back 30 saves from Teemu Lassila, who subbed for an ineffective Petri Vehanen. Vehanen gave up two goals on five shots in less than five minutes for the Finns, who placed second in Group E.

Ilya Nikulin and Nikolai Kulyomin scored for Russia, which got 29 stops from Konstantin Barulin. The Russians placed fourth in Group E and will take on the winner of the Canada-Sweden meeting later Monday.

Also Monday, Slovakia notched a 4-1 win over Denmark in a battle between the bottom two teams in the Group E. Neither had a chance to qualify for the quarterfinals and the host nation managed to finish fifth in the group, one point ahead of the Danes.


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