After Team USA upset Team Canada 5-3 in Men’s Olympic Hockey, they now face Switzerland, Wednesday Feb 24@3:00ET, in the quarter finals where winner moves on. The victor advances to the semi-finals Friday against the winner of the Finland-Czech Republic match. Olympic oddsmakers at BODOG.com have Team USA as -3 (+110) goal favorites over Switzerland +3(-130) with the over/under set at 5.5 goals . Be sure to get your 2010 Winter Olympics: USA vs Switzerland Men’s Hockey Prediction in now at BETUS.com
Team USA showed they have what it takes to compete in these Olympics. They beat Canada at their own game in a rowdy environment. But it was goalie Ryan Miller who stole the show stopping 42 shots. "It's probably one of the biggest games I've ever played," Miller said. "When things happened we responded. We didn't get nervous or anxious. We kept playing." Brian Rafalski scored two goals, while Chris Drury and Jamie Langenbrunner scored to put the U.S. up 4-2 and hold off a relentless late surge by Canada. When Ryan Kesler scored in the final minute, the few U.S. fans who managed to get seats proudly waved their American flags, all their red, white and blue suddenly visible in a crowd all red. Brian Rafalski has a team-high four goals. U.S. general manager Brian Burke pulled no punches Monday while his club took the day off. The blustery Brian Burke said he wasn't happy with how the team was playing, despite the positive results, and called for more players to step up and pull their weight. "If the Americans don't raise their game in the medal round, the good feeling surrounding the team could be gone in a flash . Burkie wants to keep us where we need to be, which is appropriately paranoid," goalie Ryan Miller said.
Should the Americans get past the Swiss, they won't have to worry about heavyweights Russia, Canada or Sweden until the gold medal game.
Switzerland lost to the USA 1-3 during the preliminary round, but put up a good fight against Canada forcing overtime, but ultimately losing 2-3. Even though Switzerland boasts only two NHL players on its roster, and one is the Anaheim Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller. He is the main reason the Swiss can pose a threat to any powerhouse. Hiller stopped 21 American shots in the opener. "Everybody can win one game in this tournament," said Hiller, who made 20 saves against Belarus. "We're the heavy underdog. We have nothing to lose ." He was the main reason for forcing the Canada game into overtime.
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