Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics: Defending champions Russia to play Finland for men’s ice hockey gold

After a thrilling pair of semi-finals on Friday, he will face defending champions ROC against Finland in Sunday’s men’s ice hockey game for gold at the ongoing Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics. The ROC cruised through an epic semi-final with Sweden as the reigning Olympic champions triumphed in an eight-round shootout after the teams were tied 1-1 in overtime.

Arseniy Gritsyuk converted his team’s eighth penalty shot into a shootout as the ROC won 2-1 to reach Sunday’s final. It was a slow-burning game, with the first period going scoreless. But just 15 seconds into the second half, ROC took the lead through Anton Slepyshev. Sweden captain Anton Lander scored six minutes into the third period to even the score, and it stayed that way until the shootout.

In Friday’s first semifinal, Finland beat Slovakia by shutout, 2-0. Sakari Manninen found the net first, at 15:58, then Harri Pesonen added an empty net late in the third period (59:21).

Slovakia will need to regroup in what has been something of a Cinderella story so far from the Olympic tournament before taking to the ice in Saturday’s bronze medal game. (ANI)

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