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Niederreiter, Switzerland earn silver medal at World Championships

Swiss team topped Finland, Canada en route to gold medal game

by Kayleigh Jackson / Wild.com

It would take more than 80 minutes for a gold medal winner to be determined at the 2018 IIHF World Championship; after a 20-minute overtime period and shootout, though, Sweden triumphed for the second straight year, 3-2. 

The Wild's Nino Niederreiter opened the scoring, putting Switzerland on the board 16:38 into the game. But just over a minute later, the Swedes tied it up. 

Tweet from @IIHFHockey: Niederreiter opens the scoring for @SwissIceHockey! #SWEvsSUI pic.twitter.com/KLp7e5RdGQ

Niederreiter was kept off the board the rest of the game; however, Timo Meier gave the Swiss another lead on the power play 3:13 into the second period. Once again, Sweden knotted the score, this time getting a goal from Mika Zibanejad. 

Both teams' goalies would hold strong for the next forty minutes of play, forcing the game to be decided in a shootout. Switzerland's Sven Andrighetto scored on the first attempt, but Sweden would notch two more. With five rounds rather than the NHL's three, it all came down to the last shooter: Niederreiter. 

He skated in and tried to wait out Anders Nilsson, but the Swedish goaltender got his stick on the puck to deflect Niederreiter's shot wide. It was a heartbreaking ending, although Switzerland still emerged with a silver medal. 

Niederreiter finished the tournament with three goals, including two on the power play, five assists, eight penalty minutes, a plus-5 rating, and 30 shots on goal.

Tweet from @IIHFHockey: Team Switzerland @SwissIceHockey accept their silver medals. #IIHFWorlds pic.twitter.com/msKDeT71S6

The United States rounded out the medals at the tournament, snagging bronze in a 4-1 win over Canada. 

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