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Niederreiter, Switzerland move on to World Championship gold medal game

Underdogs topple Canada, will face defending champion Sweden on Sunday

by Kayleigh Jackson / Wild.com

COPENHAGEN, Denmark -- Switzerland's Cinderella story at the 2018 IIHF World Championship continues, as Nino Niederreiter's home team toppled Canada, 3-2. Saturday's nail-biting win propelled the Swiss to the gold-medal game, which will take place at 1:15 p.m. CT on Sunday against the defending champion Swedes.  

Though Niederreiter didn't get on the board in the victory, he put one shot on goal and amassed 17:42 of ice time. 

Switzerland's balanced attack scored a goal each period, holding the lead the entire game and maintaining a 3-1 margin through the third after a power-play goal from Gaetan Haas. Canada's Colton Parayko scored with just 2:07 remaining in the game to pull his team within one, but the Swiss held strong. 

Tweet from @IIHFHockey: TEAM SWITZERLAND IS GOING FOR GOLD!!!!! @SwissIceHockey #IIHFWorlds pic.twitter.com/xuHp27IiyN

Switzerland also beat Finland -- and Niederreiter's Wild teammate Mikael Granlund -- 3-2 en route to earning its semifinal berth. Now, the Swiss will look for the same result against the Swedes, who dominated the United States 6-0 earlier in the day to move on to the gold medal game. 

In the 2017 World Championship quarterfinals, the Swedes defeated the Swiss 3-1. For Niederreiter and his countrymen, a victory would be as sweet as Swiss chocolate. 

Regardless, Niederreiter is guaranteed either a silver or gold medal, and another accolade in his career of international play.

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