• Latvia's Sandis Ozolins (8) and Arturs Kulda (32) stop the puck before it goes in for a goal behind goalie Edgars Masalskis as Switzerland's Simon Bodenmann (L) looks on during the second period of their men's preliminary round hockey game at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games February 12, 2014. REUTERS/Matt Slocum/Pool

    Latvia's Sandis Ozolins (8) and Arturs Kulda (32) stop the puck before it goes in for a goal behind goalie Edgars Masalskis as Switzerland's Simon Bodenmann (L) looks on during the second period of their men's preliminary round hockey game at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games February 12, 2014. REUTERS/Matt Slocum/Pool

  • Members of Switzerland's men's ice hockey team celebrate the game winning goal scored by teammate Simon Moser (hidden) as Latvia's Georgijs Pujacs reacts, during the third period of their men's preliminary round hockey game at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games February 12, 2014. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

    Members of Switzerland's men's ice hockey team celebrate the game winning goal scored by teammate Simon Moser (hidden) as Latvia's Georgijs Pujacs reacts, during the third period of their men's preliminary round hockey game at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games February 12, 2014. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Swiss edge minnows Latvia with late goal

By Frank Pingue

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - Switzerland broke a scoreless tie in the final seconds to beat a gritty Latvia team, real minnows on the ice hockey scene, with a 1-0 win that kicked off the men's tournament at the Sochi Games on Wednesday.

The Swiss, who won silver at last year's world championships, were baffled by a Latvia team who featured one National Hockey League player on their roster compared to Switzerland's eight.

Goalie Edgars Masalskis was keeping the Swiss at bay and looked like he would be able to get his team into overtime until a shot from Simon Moser ricocheted of a Latvian player and into the net with eight seconds left in regulation.

Switzerland will play Sweden when Group C action resumes on Friday while Latvia play the Czech Republic.

(Editing by Mitch Phillips)

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