Saturday, February 20, 2010

Friday, February 19 in Olympic hockey

Sweden looked good against Belarus in the afternoon game.  Belarus goalie Andrei Mezin kept his team in the game late into the 3rd period.  The Swedes took an early 3-0 lead, then Belarus fought back with goals in the 2nd and 3rd periods to keep the game close.  Sweden needed a late goal from Daniel Alfredsson to seal the victory.  Sweden faces Finland on Sunday in one of three "Rivalry Sunday" matchups.

The Czech Republic had a 4-0 lead on Latvia in the 2nd period when Latvia scored two quick goals to cut the deficit in half.  Up until that point I had declared Latvia the "punching bag of Group B" but I had to revise my statement to "the punching bag is hitting back!"  I'm not sure the metaphor holds up.  The Czechs held on to win the game 5-2.

The late game pitted Finland against Germany, and it wasn't much of a match.  Finland won 5-0.  I'd say they're ready for Sweden on Sunday.

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