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Switzerland goalie Jonas Hiller (1) can't stop a shot during the second period of a men's quarterfinal round ice hockey game against USA at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010. The goal did not count because time had expired. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, Pool)
Switzerland goalie Jonas Hiller (1) can't stop a shot during the second period of a men's quarterfinal round ice hockey game against USA at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010. The goal did not count because time had expired. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, Pool)

Minnesotan Parise's 2 goals send US men into hockey semis

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Updated 4:40 p.m.

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- Zach Parise scored twice in the third period, and the top-seeded U.S. men's hockey team reached the Olympic semifinals with a tense 2-0 victory over Switzerland on Wednesday.

The Americans (4-0) got everything and more from the upstart Swiss, who hoped to advance despite being the lowest-ranked team left in the tournament. Parise sealed the win with his second goal, an empty-netter with 11.2 seconds remaining. Swiss goalie Jonas Hiller of the Anaheim Ducks kept it a contest by making 42 saves. Switzerland recorded 19 shots on Ryan Miller. The Americans will face the winner of Wednesday's game between the Czech Republic and Finland on Friday, with a place in the gold medal game on the line.

Read more on this game Thursday in the West Central Tribune.

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