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Streit Leads Swiss Past Team USA

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

Mark Streit scored a goal and added an assist, as Switzerland defeated Team USA 5-2 in Kloten, Switzerland, on Tuesday. The exhibition game was a tuneup for the 2009 International Ice Hockey Federation Men's World Championship, which gets underway officially on Friday and concludes on May 10th.

Dustin Brown of the Los Angeles Kings scored both U.S. goals, and was named Team USA's Player of the Game. Islanders forward Kyle Okposo did not figure into the scoring.

Brown opened the game's scoring when he batted a rebound out of the air and into the open Swiss net for a five-on-three power-play goal at 8:13 of the opening period. With the U.S. two players short, Brown fired a shot over the blocker of Swiss goalie Martin Gerber at 14:30 and the U.S. held a 2-0 advantage after 20 minutes.

Switzerland got on the scoreboard when Streit scored at 8:25 of the middle stanza. The Swiss capped a three-on-two rush at 13:44 to knot the score 2-2 headed into the third period.

The hosts scored the only three goals of the third period to gain the victory.

Islanders Head Coach Scott Gordon is serving as an assistant coach for the U.S. team.
The U.S. will face Latvia in its first official game on Saturday at 10:15 am EDT.

Here is the complete schedule for Team USA:

April 21 Swizerland (Exhibition) L, 5-2
April 25 Latvia W, 4-2
April 27 Austria W, 6-1
April 29 Sweden 12:15 pm
April 30-May 4 Qualification Rounds TBA
May 6-7 Quarterfinals TBA
May 8 Semifinals TBA
May 10 Bronze Medal game 10 am
May 10 Gold Medal game 2:30 pm

Click here for a complete schedule of the 2009 International Ice Hockey Federation Men's World Championship
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