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Finland Falls Short of Gold Medal Game Apperance
Finland's Jori Lehtera is checked by Sweden's Daniel Sedin during Sweden’s 2-1 Friday win over Finland. The Finns will face the loser of the Canada/USA game on Saturday for the Bronze Medal. (Photo by SRDJAN SUKI/EPA)

Finland Falls Short of Gold Medal Game Apperance

In Friday’s border rivalry game, Finland fell to Sweden 2-1 , Erik Karlsson capitalized on Olli Jokinen’s second period tripping penalty to score the go ahead goal – the game winner – to top the Finn’s improbable run.

Having lost three of their players to injury early in the tournament, Finland’s underdog status propelled them past Russia 3-1 on Wednesday, but they couldn’t top Sweden on Friday. Jokinen scored the first goal of the game on Henrik Lundqvist in the second period, but Loui Eriksson tied it less than five minutes later and Karlsson knocked the game winner in past Kari Lehtonen from the blue line another five minutes later.

Despite having five power play opportunities and matching up with Sweden in shots (25 to Sweden’s 26), Finland will see the loser of Canada/USA on Saturday. Sweden moves on to face the winner for the Gold on Sunday.

Neither Team USA nor Team Canada will be easy opponents to face when the Finn’s hit the ice for one last game in these 2014 Winter Olympics. Saturday’s game will [probably] be captain Teemu Selanne’s last Olympic game, one he surely wished had ended with the elusive Olympic Gold.

Cory Whitmer

Cory Whitmer

Cory is a 27-year old aspiring sportswriter and Convergent Journalism student at Metropolitan State University of Denver. Some could call him a cynic, he likes to think of himself as a sports realist. An avid Denver sports fan, he doesn't hold back, even on his home teams. Check out his Colorado Rockies blog: http://throughthefencebaseball.com/author/cory-whitmer/
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