Former Lincoln Star David Backes and former Omaha Lancer Ryan Malone each scored goals in the their Olympic debuts for Team USA in a 3-1 win over Switzerland. Backes scored his goal unassisted just about six minutes into the second period and Malone followed about two and a half minutes later on the power play when he poked one past the Swiss goalie on the power play.
Backes played in the early 2000’s for Lincoln. He picked up a rebound after a save by USA goalie Ryan Miller and went on his off wing up the left side boards, got around a Swiss defensemen and beat the goalie to his left side tucking the puck inside the post.
Malone scored after a shot on goal was laying in front of the Swiss goalie and Malone poked it through his legs. Team USA will play Norway tomorrow at 2pm central time.