Finland finally win hockey gold in last event of Beijing Games

3.Finland finally win hockey gold in last event of Beijing Games
Finland’s players pose with their gold medals after winning the men's gold medal match of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games ice hockey competition between Finland and Russia's Olympic Committee, at the National Indoor Stadium in Beijing on February 20, 2022. (Photo: AFP)
BEIJING — Finland roared back to beat defending champions Russia 2–1 on Sunday and win the country’s first gold medal in ice hockey, in the final event at the Beijing Olympics.اضافة اعلان

Russia scored first on a power-play goal by Mikhail Grigorenko 13 minutes into the game after Finland's Hannes Bjorninen was sent to the penalty box for high-sticking.

But the more cohesive Finnish attack controlled the puck for much of the match and continually created chances.

The Finns tied it in the second period when a shot by Ville Pokka squirted between the legs of a Russian defender and past imposing two-meter (6-foot-6) goalie Ivan Fedotov.

Finland went ahead 30 seconds into the final period when Bjorninen scored, and nearly added more down the stretch.

With the victory, Finland finally add gold to a packed Olympic medals case in ice hockey.

The Finnish men have now won medals in seven of the past 10 Winter Olympics going back to 1988, including two silver and four bronze.

"It is hard to put in words what this means. Hockey is a big thing in Finland," said captain Valtteri Filppula.

"We have come close a couple of times and it is finally nice to get the first one (gold)."

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