Switzerland goes in on 2-on-0, crashes into empty net

Rory Boylen
Switzerland screen cap

Switzerland and Latvia played an important World Championship game Tuesday. The Latvians, after a difficult loss to Belarus Monday night, needed a win to move on to the quarterfinal round. The Swiss, meanwhile, were looking to avenge a shocking loss they suffered to Latvia in the qualification round at the Olympics.

With a little more than a minute left in the third, Switzerland led 3-2, so when the Swiss broke up the Latvians at the blueline and rushed in on an empty net with a two-on-none, the game was about to be put away.

Or so it seemed.

This may very well be the worst two-on-none in hockey history.

Fortunately for the Swiss, there was no miracle turnaround for the Latvians. The Red and White hung on for a 3-2 win – not even Kristers Gudlevskis could save the Latvians this time.

Making the loss worse for the Latvians was that it came one night after they were robbed of a tying goal against the host Belarussians for an apparent goalie interference. You be the judge on that one. A win last night would also have clinched the Latvians a spot in the next round.

But back to the shredded 2-on-0. Though it looked bad, it didn’t have an impact on the game – as far as bloopers go, it can rank no higher than No. 2, at best.

You all know where I’m going with this…

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