It took 10 minutes of overtime plus a shootout, but in the end Switzerland advanced to the Olympic quarterfinal, and a match tomorrow with Team USA by defeating Belarus 3-2. During the 4-on-4 overtime, a critical tripping call on Switzerland's Roman Wick led to a dangerous 4-on-3 power play by Belarus, but Jonas Hiller helped hold off the Belarussians to force the shootout.
And since Canada mopped up Germany 8-2 (read Jim Diamond's game recap for the Nashville perspective), Slovakia fended off Norway and the Czech Republic barely survived a Latvian comeback, that means we can update the 2010 Olympic Men's Hockey Bracket...
|2010 Olympic Mens Hockey Bracket|
|Playoff Qualifier 1||Quarterfinal 1|
|#8 Switzerland||#1 USA|
||#8 Switzerland||Semifinal 1|
|Playoff Qualifier 2||Quarterfinal 2||QF1 Winner||Gold Medal|
|#5 Czech Republic||#4 Finland||QF2 Winner||SF1 Winner|
||#5 Czech Republic||SF2 Winner|
|Playoff Qualifier 3||Quarterfinal 3|
|#7 Slovakia||#2 Sweden||Bronze Medal|
||Semifinal 2||SF1 Loser|
|Playoff Qualifier 4||Quarterfinal 4||QF3 Winner||SF2 Loser|
|#6 Canada||#3 Russia||QF4 Winner|
Coming up next, the quarterfinals...