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Team USA Defeats Switzerland To Reach Semifinals At Men's Ice Hockey Worlds

By Associated Press | May 14, 2015, 11:34 a.m. (ET)

Matt Hendricks (R) and Mark Streit (L) of Switzerland battle for the puck during the IIHF World Championship quaterfinal match between USA and Switzerland at CEZ Arena on May 14, 2015 in Ostrava, Czech Republic. 


OSTRAVA, Czech Republic -- Ben Smith and Charlie Coyle scored 57 seconds apart Thursday and the United States rallied for a 3-1 victory over Switzerland in the quarterfinals of the ice hockey world championship.

Smith tied the game for the Americans with a wrist shot 10:17 into the second period and Coyle deflected a slap shot by defensemen Seth Jones into the net for the go-ahead goal.

Defenseman Jake Gardiner scored the third with a wrist shot midway through the final period as the U.S. set up a semifinal against defending champion Russia or Sweden.

Nashville Predators defenseman Roman Josi had given Switzerland the lead 13:04 into the game on a solo effort.