It took 60 minutes of regulation, 10 minutes of injury time and 17 penalty shootout attempts, but the Russian team on Friday locked their chances of winning a second straight gold medal in men’s hockey at the Olympics.
The Russians beat Sweden, 2-1, on a penalty shootout and secured a spot in Sunday’s men’s hockey final. The Russians will play Finland, who beat Slovakia, 2-0, a day earlier.
Many games in Beijing lack the stage or are chaotic. Then there was the meeting between the Swedes and the Russians.
The Russian team scored an early goal in the second half from Anton Slepyshev, a striker playing in his first Olympics. Sweden opened the scoring with an Anton Lander shot in the first minute of the third half – enough to send the game into extra time.
But injury time did not yield the decisive goal, leaving the teams in pain and stress in the penalty shootout.
There were saves, misses, a loss of the ball and even some goals. However, it was only on the 17th attempt of the penalty shootout that Arseni Gritsyuk kicked the ball into the net to seal Russia’s victory and stir up a crowd of red-shirted men at the National Indoor Stadium. Stadium.
“Honestly, it was really stressful,” said Mikhail Grigorenko, a Russian striker. But he added, he was not surprised by the closeness of the competition.
“We knew it wasn’t going to be a high-scoring game,” he said.
The first semi-final of the day was much less suspenseful. But this weekend, Finland and Slovakia will, at least, put on their best display in Olympic men’s hockey.
The Finns, who have won two silver medals in the sport but never won an Olympic title, got the only goal they needed to get ahead in the first round, when Sakari Manninen scored table for about four minutes before taking a break.
“We get a shot from the blue line, the guys in front of the net, little tips, and then there’s a rebound, and then there’s always a dangerous chance to score,” Manninen said.
Slovakian team, beat America’s top seed team on Wednesday, could claim his first Olympic medal in men’s hockey when competing in bronze on Saturday. It did not surrender the second score until less than a minute was still in game and after it had pulled its keeper.
Finland’s goalkeeper, Harri Sateri, has scored 28 saves.
Marek Hrivik, the Slovakian striker, whose late goal Wednesday sent the quarter-final against the Americans into injury time.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/17/sports/olympics/finland-russia-hockey-gold-medal-game.html Finland and Russia will compete for gold medal in men’s hockey