CANADA SHUTOUT, GERMANY EARNS A TIE
TURIN, Italy (AP) - This time, it was Team Upset that got an unexpected jolt in the Olympic men's hockey tournament.
Tino Boos scored the tying goal in the third period and Germany, ranked below Switzerland in the world rankings, pulled off a surprise 2-2 tie Sunday that followed Swiss upsets of gold medal favorite Canada and the world champion Czech Republic.
The tie assures the Swiss of advancing to the quarterfinals but may have dulled some of their upset-driven momentum.
"Unfortunately, we didn't play as good as we did the previous two games, but we were able to get the point that allows us to go into the quarterfinals," said goalie David Aebischer, who made 26 saves.
The tie also makes it less likely the Swiss will move into the quarterfinals as the top-seeded team from the six-team Group A. Their only remaining round-robin game is Tuesday against winless Italy.
"Our goal at this tournament was to qualify for the quarterfinals and we have done that, but we still have to build through our next games," Paul DiPietro said.
Especially since they will be playing more games in Turin than expected. Asked if the Swiss realistically expected to advance from their group, backup goalie Martin Gerber said, "No, not really."
A day after beating Canada 2-0 behind Gerber's 49 saves in one of the biggest upsets in international play in a half-century, the Swiss took a 2-1 lead in the second period and looked to protect it against a German team that had scored only five goals in three games.
DiPietro, the former NHL grind-line forward who scored both goals against Canada, put the Swiss ahead in the final two minutes of the second after Flavien Conne had tied it about eight minutes into the period.
But after playing flawless defensive hockey while preserving late leads over Canada and the Czechs, the Swiss (2-1-1) found it can be harder to play as a favorite than as an underdog.
Germany, 10th in last year's world rankings to the Swiss' No. 8, kept pressuring Aebischer of the Colorado Avalanche over the final two periods and got the tying goal with about eight minutes left. Eduard Lewandowski gathered the puck behind the net and fed in front to Boos, who missed his first stuff-in attempt but got the second past Aebischer.
"We were a little tired after the great match against Canada," Swiss forward Thomas Ziegler said. "And the end result is good, we're in the quarterfinals."
Germany (0-2-2) got a strong game from Washington Capitals goalie Olaf Kolzig, who turned aside 23 shots. But, with no victories and only a game against strong Finland remaining, Germany has almost no chance to advance to the quarterfinals.