Winter Olympics hockey results: Hiller, Switzerland blank Czech Republic

Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Behind Jonas Hiller's second shutout in pool play, Switzerland was able to defeat the Czech Republic.

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In its first two games of the Olympic tournament, Switzerland found itself a part of 1-0 results, first defeating Latvia and then falling to Sweden.

For the sake of consistency, Switzerland once again played a 1-0 contest in its final action in Group C pool play, this time defeating the Czech Republic.

After backstopping Switzerland to a one-goal win in its Olympic opener, Jonas Hiller was back in between the pipes for the Swiss against the Czechs. In the opposite crease was Ondrej Pavelec, the Jets goalie who was passed over in the team's Olympic opener before getting the nod in its second game, a 4-2 win over Latvia.

The goalies went save-for-save on Saturday, but Switzerland led most of the way. Late in the first period, Denis Hollenstein got in on the forecheck behind Pavelec and stole the puck. With Hollenstein operating below the goal line, he fired out a pass to Simon Bodenmann, who snapped a shot past Pavelec for the game's only tally.

Hiller, who is having a strong season for the Ducks, looked good again in net for the Swiss. He made a pair of big stops on Tomas Plekanec midway through the third, with Plekanec all alone in the slot. Hiller was able to get a piece of the first bid with his glove before the puck deflected over the crossbar. In the same situation a few minutes later, Hiller smothered another Plekanec attempt to preserve the 1-0 lead.

Hiller would end the day with 26 saves, while Pavelec had 25.

Switzerland finishes pool play 2-1, while the Czechs finish 1-2. Both teams await the results from the other two groups to see where they'll seed in the knockout round.

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