CALGARY, Alberta: Switzerland reached the semifinals of womens world hockey championship, beating Russia 3-2 on Saturday on an overtime goal by Laura Zimmerman.
Her goal at 5:29 in overtime sent the Swiss into Mondays semifinals. Switzerlands previous best result in the world championship was a bronze medal in 2012. The Swiss also won an Olympic bronze in 2014.
Sinja Leeman fed Zimmerman, who one-timed the puck past Valeria Merkusheva for Switzerlands first win of the tournament.
In Saturdays later quarterfinals, it was the United States vs. Japan, Canada vs. Germany and Finland vs. the Czech Republic.
Russia led 2-0 after the opening period on goals from Yelizaveta Rodnova at 1:18 and Ilona Markova at 8:32. Evelina Raselli at 9:30 and Phoebe Staenz at 17:44 of the third period drew Switzerland even.
Swiss goalie Andrea Braendli was pulled early after giving up two goals on three shots. Saskia Maurer stopped all 28 shots she faced in relief in the victory.
The Swiss were without top scorer Alina Muller, who injured her ankle in the teams first preliminary-round game, a loss to Russia.
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