Switzerland didn't advance to the quarterfinals at this year's IIHF World Championship.
The United States did, but they won't be going any farther without a better effort than the one delivered Monday.
Kevin Lötscher scored twice and the Swiss, with nothing to play for except pride, defeated the U.S. 5-3 in Kosice, Slovakia, on the final day of the Qualification Round.
The U.S. finished fourth in Group F with a 2-2-1 record and will face the Czech Republic in the quarterfinals.
James van Riemsdyk
, who just joined the U.S. team after his Philadelphia Flyers
were eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs, scored with 1:43 remaining to draw them within 4-3, but Ryan Gardner's empty-net goal with 17 seconds left sealed it for Switzerland.
The U.S. struck first in this game, getting a goal from Craig Smith
at 11:01 of the opening period, but the Swiss answered back with the next three. Lötscher beat Ty Conklin
off a great individual effort to tie the score, then Raphael Diaz
put them in front to stay with a sharp-angle shot that got past Conklin and just over the goal line before Mike Brown
swept it away. Video review confirmed the goal at 14:10 of the first.
Ivo Rüthemann extended the lead to 3-1 just 66 seconds into the middle period. Ryan Shannon
brought the U.S. within a goal on another play that required video review to determine the puck crossed the goal line before the net was dislodged, but Switzerland regained the two-goal lead on Lötscher's second of the game.