IIHF World Championship Update: 14.05.13
CALGARY, AB -- Netminder Reto Berra made 20 saves against Belarus on Tuesday morning, helping push Switzerland to their seventh straight victory at the 2013 IIHF World Championships.
Roman Josi, Matthias Bieber and Julian Walker (2) scored for the Swiss in the 4-1 win while Yevgeni Kovyrshin scored Belarus' goal in the third period.
The seven victories ties a record for most wins at one World Championship or Olympics and sets a new record for Switzerland. Their previous record was set in 1939 when the Swiss won six straight games leading up to the medal round. They ended up capturing bronze that year, their last medal at the tournament, and went 7-1-2 overall.
"We had a great run, but now it doesn’t matter anymore," Swiss coach Sean Simpson told IIHF.com. "Now we have to take our opponent in the quarter-finals. So far we have had a very consistent tournament, which he haven’t always had."
Switzerland will now face the Czech Republic, who topped Norway 7-0 in their final game of the round robin, in the quarter-finals. Jiri Hudler assisted on Martin Hanzal's second period marker and logged 16:22 of ice time.
The Czechs also received goals from Tomas Fleischmann (2), Jiri Tlusty, Zbynek Michalek, Radim Vrbata and Zbynek Irgl.
Chris Butler and the USA fell 4-1 to Slovakia in their final game of the preliminary round. Danny Kristo scored the Americans lone goal while Branko Radivojevic, Rene Vydareny, Martin Bartek and 2013 draft-eligible Marko Dano beat netminder Ben Bishop for Slovakia.
Butler had 16:47 of ice and was a minus-two in the loss.
Joni Ortio, who backed up Antti Raanta on Tuesday, and Finland finished off the round robin with a 3-2 overtime win over Latvia.