Sochi 2014 hockey results: Switzerland's late goal beats Latvia

Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

A goalie duel between Edgar Masalskis and Jonas Hiller ended in a scoreless tie to open the men's tournament.

For nearly 60 minutes, it looked like Ted Nolan's Latvian side might be able to eek out a result against Swtizerland. Behind the strong play from goalie Edgar Masalskis, the Latvians kept the game scoreless, with overtime on the horizon.

But Simon Moser scored with only 7.9 seconds remaining in regulation, and Switzerland won the opening game of the men's tournament over Latvia.

In a titt that saw Switzerland control much of the possession and pace, Masalskis played a strong game in net for Latvia, turning aside 38 of the 39 shots he faced. That included two incredibly strong post-to-post saves on Damien Brunner and Nino Niederreiter in the opening 20 minutes, a frame that saw Switzerland outshoot Latvia 2-0.

Masalskis continued his stellar play in the second, making another strong stop on the rush to deny Brunner, again moving well laterally post-to-post.

Switzerland took advantage of the IIHF-sized rink and used the width of the ice to spread out Latvia all game.

In the end, Latvia would get out-shot 39-21, although it looked like the game might go to overtime and give Latvia a chance to find a golden goal.

But with Switzerland still pushing the pace in the final minute, Moser threw a puck toward the crease from below the icing line. With Niederreiter in front, the puck deflected off Latvian defenseman Georgijs Pujacs, past Masalskis, and in for the decisive tally.

Switzerland's best chance before that may have come in the second period, when it appeared they finally cracked the Latvian goaltender. But after puck crept through under the arm of Masalskis, Arturs Kulda was able to clear it out of the crease and away from danger.

On the opposite end of the night, Jonas Hiller had a strong game in net for the Swiss, facing fewer shots than his counterpart, but turning back the rubber every time he was called upon.

The team's will be back in action Friday when Latvia takes on the Czech Republic, and Switzerland takes on Sweden.

More on the Winter Olympics:

SB Nation's Winter Olympics medal tracker | Meet Team USA

Shaun White fails to capture gold | Americans stumble in curling

What you need to know about curling | Bobsled, luge and skeleton

Miracle Put on Ice: 1984 US hockey team never had a chance

Hockey: Men’s schedule | All 12 men’s rosters | USA roster analysis

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.