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TEAM FINLAND VS TEAM RUSSIA
Semi-Finals

by RYAN YESSIE
Friday November 7, 2014
 

Russia and Finland had a rematch of their exciting round robin game that had to be decided in a shootout after Russia erased a four goal deficit in that game before losing in the shootout.
 


However this game got off to a much different start as Dmitri Alexeyev's point shot was deflected in to give Russia an early 1-0 lead. Less than two minutes later Maxim Bain used his speed to fly down the wing, beat the defender and score to make it 2-0. Finland would call a timeout and would get one of those goals back on the powerplay when Janne Kuokkanen set up Emil Oksanen.



Just minutes later Vitali Abramov would score for Russia to put them up 3-1 scoring three goals on five shots which spelled the end of Leevo Laakso's night. Kimmo Rautiainen would enter the game and shut the door for the rest of the period as Russia held a 3-1 lead.

 

Finland wouldn't get many more opportunities in the second recording just six shots and couldn't capitalize on the rebounds given up by Vladislav Sukhachyov. Russia on the other hand would find the chance to take advantage of a rebound by Rautiainen who made the first two saves but Finland couldn't clear the slot and Maxim Bain would be credited on the scramble. A laser by Dmitri Sokolov less than two minutes later would give Russia a 5-1 lead after two periods.

In the third it would be Finland pouring on the scoring chances out shooting Russia 14-5, however despite their chances they could not generate a comeback. Russia would put the final dagger in when Nikita A. Popugayev would put away a scoring chance in the slot and Russia takes this game 6-1 and will advance to the gold medal game vs USA.

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