IIHF World Championship Update: 18.05.13
CALGARY, AB -- After Martin Gerber stood tall against the Czech Republic on Thursday in the quarter-finals, Switzerland head coach Sean Simpson had a tough decision to make: go with Gerber in the semi-final or let Reto Berra take the reins.
He opted to go with Berra and the netminder replied with a 29-save shutout on Saturday as the Swiss downed the Americans 3-0 to punch their ticket to the gold medal game.
American turnovers burned them in the second period when Nino Niederreiter gobbled up a giveaway and tossed it behind goaltender John Gibson at the 10:01 mark of the stanza.
Julian Walker gave the Swiss a 2-0 lead at 10:11 of the third frame, taking a stretch pass from Philippe Furrer and scoring on the breakaway. Reto Suri added an empty-netter with less than a minute remaining.
The Swiss will face Sweden on Sunday in the final game of the tournament. Switzerland's last opportunity to play for gold came in 1935.
Chris Butler played 12:58 in the semi-final and had an even rating.
Joni Ortio and Finland were shut out 3-0 by the Swedes in Saturday's first semi-final match-up. Henrik Sedin was in on all three of Sweden's goals, scoring an empty-netter and assisting on Loui Eriksson's pair of tallies. Daniel Sedin also assisted on both of Eriksson's goals.
Ortio, who backed up Antti Raanta in the semi-final battle, has played three games at the tournament, recording a 1.98 GAA and a .896 save percentage.
Finland will play the USA for bronze on Sunday.