Switzerland women beat Sweden 4-3 to earn bronze medal

With a 4-3 win over Sweden, the Swiss women’s hockey program earned its first Olympic medal, while the Swedes were shutout for the second straight Games.

After clawing back from a 2-0 deficit heading into the third period, the Switzerland women’s team defeated Sweden to win the bronze medal in Sochi.

A first period goal by Michelle Lowenhielm and a second period marker by Erica Uden Johansson gave the Swedes a two-goal advantage heading into the final frame. Sweden was outshooting the Swiss 20-13 through 40 minutes, but the field began to tilt in the third.

Sara Benz was the first to get Switzerland on the scoreboard and Phoebe Stanz followed about five minutes later. With the score now tied at two, Jessica Lutz gave the Swiss its first lead 13:43 into the third period. With a little more than one minute left, Alina Muller scored an empty-netter to give the Swiss a two-goal lead. Still with an extra attacker on the ice, Sweden’s Pernilla Winberg scored once more to cut the Swiss lead to one. But it was too little, too late for the Swedes, who failed to medal at their second consecutive Olympic Games.

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Switzerland’s Florence Schelling turned aside 28 of 31 shots, while her Swedish counterpart, Valentina Lizana-Wallner made 22 saves on 25 shots.

With the win, Switzerland earned its first medal in women’s hockey.