RESULTS: Men’s Olympic Hockey Semifinals
The Gold Medal and Bronze Medal games are set. The Men’s tournament has lived up to expectations, bringing fans excellent match-ups and exciting story lines. Today’s Semifinal games cemented rivalries and provided heartbreak as two more teams were eliminated.
Sweden defeated Finland 2-1 in the morning game. Tuukka Rask had come down with an illness, so it was Kari Lehtonen in net for the Fins. Olli Jokinen opened up scoring in the second period, but Finland would only have the lead for about five minutes. Loui Eriksson equalized the game for Sweden later in the second period, and Erik Karlsson scored the game winner in the final four minutes of the second. Finland was able to get eight shots on goal in the third period, but Henrik Lundqvist stopped them all for Sweden.
The afternoon game saw rivals USA and Canada face off for a spot in the Gold Medal game. Team USA came out fast and furious to start the game, but both teams were able to get chances. The first period would be scoreless, but Jamie Benn would score in the first two minutes of the second. This would be the only goal as both teams shut off each others’ offense for the remainder of the game. Team USA was out shot by the Canadians 31 to 37 and Canada seemed to get the better chances.
Canada will take on Sweden for Gold Sunday morning at 7:00 am, Team USA tries to get a medal in the Bronze Medal game against Finland Saturday at 10:00 am. While Team USA will not be able to contend for Gold, the tournament has allowed them to show off a powerful offensive team. Ultimately, Canada’s bigger defensemen were able to shut down the smaller US offense and Carey Price stood on his head earning the shutout.