Pyeongchang 2018: Russian hockey team reaches final


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"It feels unbelievable. It's hard to put into words right now".

"We deserve to be there and the best team will win", Russian forward Ilya Kovalchuk said. That's why I think it's going to come down to us.

"I'm honoured to have won a medal at the Olympics. I can't believe it". The first got Canada on the board when a Mat Robinson shot bounced in off of Andrew Ebbett's skate. We are Olympic bronze medallists and we are super proud of that. "And you serve your country pretty well when you get to wear this medal around your neck".

Germany had never before beaten Sweden at the Olympics, and after doing so even coach Marco Sturm conceded his team's expectations and goals have changed throughout the tournament.

The Canadians poured off the bench to gather in front of their goal for a fairly muted celebration while the disappointed Czechs left the ice before the medal ceremony. "(The Russians also) should be really familiar because nearly everybody plays on the same teams in Russia".

The team captain, Kelly adds an olympic medal to his ring of the Stanley cup, obtained with the Boston Bruins, in 2011.

Ebbett, Kelly, and Roy each scored in the first period as Canada pulled out to a 3-1 lead.

Mason said bar staff want to show their support for Team Canada, even though they aren't fighting for gold.

It was a wide-open second period with three goals in less than five minutes. Veteran goaltender Vasily Koshechkin stopped all 31 shots he faced to put the Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation into the final with a 3-0 victory over the Czech Republic earlier Friday.

The Czechs outshot Canada 34-26.

On day 14, Canada broke its record for most medals won at an Olympic Winter Games, now with 27 medals in Pyeongchang. And in the near repeat of what had happened in the first, the two teams proceeded to trade goals in quick succession.

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Ebbett padded the lead at 5:50 of the third only to see the Czechs answer 46 seconds later.

A Martin Erat goal a little over a minute later was waved off due a Canadian goalie interference challenge. Goaltender Kevin Poulin then did his part, stopping a Dominik Kahun penalty shot at 3:21 after a diving Cody Goloubef took down an onrushing German.

Roman Cervenka scored twice in the final 4 minutes to make the finish more exciting.

In a tournament without National Hockey League players, the Russians brought a roster nearly entirely made up of players from SKA St. Petersburg and CSKA Moscow, the top two teams in the KHL. They came close, but will do no better than bronze when they face the Czech Republic on Saturday.

Germans took Olympic bronze in 1932 and 1976, the latter as West Germany.

Canada, the two-time defending men's champion, won three of the last four hockey golds. This team, drawn from teams in eight countries, came considerably cheaper. They were up 3-1 in the third period, so we need to be at our best against them.

The Czech Republic will certainly be prepared and have no shortage of belief after knocking off the United States in a shootout.

Germany scored again at 6:49 with a David Wolf stretch pass finding Marcel Goc. Defenceman Stefan Elliott did not dress. The Germans one-upped that win by knocking off Canada in the semifinals. The 2018 team is already guaranteed a silver medal. The Czechs have not medalled since winning bronze at the 2006 Games in Turin.

Once again, there were plenty of empty seats and not much atmosphere at the 10,000-capacity Gangneung Hockey Centre.

Regardless of what occurs Saturday, Germany has earned the respect of the global hockey community for its miraculous run to the gold-medal game.

Korea led in attendance, averaging 6,010 ahead of the Czechs (5,234) and Slovakia (5,038).