Getty ImagesThey didn't win a game during the group stage, but thankfully for Latvia, they got their first win when it counted, scoring an upset 3-1 win over Switzerland on Tuesday. The victory now sets up a quarterfinal date with Canada on Wednesday evening.
The Swiss were heavy favorites entering their qualification round game, having allowed just a single goal through their three group stage games. But they had only scored two themselves, and that lack of offense cost them, as Latvia took a 2-0 lead within the opening 11 minutes of the game and never looked back.
Swiss goalie Jonas Hiller, one of the best players in the tournament coming out of the group stage, admitted his team may have been thinking about a quarterfinal match-up with Canada and overlooked the Latvians. That proved to be deadly.
Latvia's win not only gives the country a gigantic hockey memory to look back on, but it also validates the kind of approach their head coach wanted to instill when he arrived three years ago.
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