(Beijing Winter Olympics) Finland and Russia advance to Winter Olympics men's ice hockey final

  China News Service, Beijing, February 19 (Wang Hao) The two semi-finals of men's ice hockey at the Beijing Winter Olympics ended at the National Stadium on the 18th. The Finnish and Russian Olympic Committee teams defeated Slovakia and Sweden respectively to advance to the final.

  In the first semi-final at noon on the 18th, the Finnish team defeated Slovakia, the largest dark horse in the men's ice hockey event of the Beijing Winter Olympics, 2:0, and took the lead in advancing to the final.

  The other semi-final on the evening of the 18th was even more intense.

The Russian Olympic Committee and Sweden met. The Russian Olympic Committee scored in the second quarter to take the lead, but the Swedish team tenaciously equalized in the third quarter, and the two teams tied at 1:1 in regular time.

  In overtime, both teams failed to score and the game went into a penalty shootout.

In the penalty shootout, after 8 rounds of penalty kicks, the Russian Olympic Committee narrowly defeated the opponent, eliminated Sweden with a total score of 2:1, and advanced to the final.

  The Russian Olympic Committee team won the gold medal in men's ice hockey at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics four years ago. This time, it has entered the final again and has the opportunity to win two consecutive Winter Olympics.

  This is the first time the Finnish team has entered the men's ice hockey final at the Winter Olympics after a lapse of 16 years. In its history, it has won 2 silvers and 4 bronzes in this event at the Winter Olympics. Now it will attack the first gold of the men's ice hockey Winter Olympics.

  So far, the ice hockey competition of the Beijing Winter Olympics has come to an end.

In the women's final that ended earlier, the Canadian team defeated the United States to win the championship.

The third- and fourth-place finals and finals of the men's group will be held on the 19th and 20th respectively.

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