2022 Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey. The tournament has now completed. Ice Hockey is finished at the 2022 Olympics. I wasn’t able to get a post out about this yesterday. I will be briefly covering the bronze medal game. That game was between Slovakia and Sweden. The gold medal game was between Finland and ROC (Russia). This is the first time in a while if ever that both the United States and Canada have not won a medal in Men’s Ice Hockey.
Bronze medal game. Sweden vs Slovakia. The score was 0-0 after the first period. Slovakia took a two goal lead in the second period. Slovakia then scored two more goals in the third period. The final score was 4-0 Slovakia.
Slovakia wins bronze. Sweden gets 4th place and no medal. Slovakia gets the shutout. Not sure what went wrong for Sweden but they just couldn’t make it happen. This is the first time Slovakia has won a medal in Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey. Prior to this the highest they ever finished was 4th during Vancouver 2010.
Gold medal game. Finland vs ROC (Russia). Finland came in first in Group C. They had a record of 3-0-0 in the group stage. ROC (Russia) came in first in Group B. They had a record of 2-0-1 in the group stage.
Finland took a penalty for high sticking 6 minutes into the game. ROC (Russia) would score less than 20 seconds into the powerplay. ROC (Russia) then took a penalty for cross-checking. Finland didn’t score on the powerplay. ROC (Russia) took a 1-0 lead into the second period.
13 minutes into the second period Finland tied the game. ROC (Russia) took a penalty for elbowing late in the second period. The game was tied at 1-1 heading into the third period. Gold medal on the line and the last 20 minutes in regulation in the tournament could decided who wins it all.
Finland scored less than 35 seconds into the third period to take the lead. ROC (Russia) would take a penalty for tripping 11 minutes into the period. Finland would not score on the powerplay. ROC (Russia) would pull their goalie with less than a minute to go. With less than 20 seconds left in the game a timeout was called. Finland would be able to hold on to their lead. The final score was 2-1 Finland.
Finland wins gold. ROC (Russia) wins silver. A lot of people were happy that ROC (Russia) didn’t win. This is Finlands first ever Olympic gold medal in Ice Hockey. Prior to this Finland won silver twice and bronze four times.
Here are the final standing:
Here is an image from the KHL Facebook page that does a really good job at explaining the standings.
Here is the final bracket and results: