OLYMPICS ROUNDUP: Swedes top Finland to advance to hockey final
February 21, 2014 10:55 AM

Erik Karlsson scored the go-ahead goal late in the second period and Henrik Lundqvist stopped 25 shots, lifting Sweden over Finland 2-1 today and into the gold-medal game at the Sochi Olympics.

The 2006 Olympic champions will face the United States or Canada on Sunday.

The Finns will play the loser of the today’s second semifinal for bronze on Saturday.

All the scoring came in the second period, with Finland going ahead 1-0 on Olli Jokinen’s goal from a sharp angle to the left of Lundqvist.

Sweden’s Loui Eriksson tied the game by finishing off a sweet sequence of passes midway through the period.

Karlsson made it 2-1 with a slap shot from the middle of the ice just inside the blue line with 3:34 left.

 

CURLING: Sweden won the bronze medal in men’s Olympic curling today, beating China 6-4 in a game that was decided by the final shot in an extra end. It is Sweden’s first medal at a men’s tournament since curling returned to the Olympic program in 1998.

China skip Liu Rui had the chance to win the game but was heavy with a draw on his last rock, which glanced off a Swedish stone that was stationed on the button. ends.

Canada plays Britain later in the gold-medal game.

• Canada won the gold medal in women’s Olympic curling Thursday, beating Sweden 6-3 and avenging a loss to the Swedes in the final at the Vancouver Games in 2010.

The Canadians broke up a scrappy, error-strewn game with two steal points in the ninth end to go ahead 6-3 and then defended out the 10th.

Canadian skip Jennifer Jones’ rink went through the tournament undefeated, winning 11 straight games.

It’s the first gold for Canada’s women curlers in the country’s second most popular sport since 1998, when curling returned to the Olympic program. Sweden’s women had won gold at the last two Olympics.

Britain beat Switzerland 6-5 earlier Thursday to win the bronze medal.

 

SKICROSS: Marielle Thompson and Kelsey Serwa finished 1-2 for Canada in women’s skicross Friday, giving their country bookend gold-silver performances in Olympic freestyle skiing.

Freestyle opened Feb. 8 with sisters Justine and Chloe Dufour-Lapointe of Montreal finishing 1-2 in moguls.

This marked Thompson’s third and biggest win of the season.

The final pitted the four fastest women in qualifying. Thompson, ranked third, took an early lead against the first-ranked Serwa and never let it slip.

Ophelie David of France wiped out about two-thirds of the way down the course, which gave the bronze to Sweden’s Anna Holmlund.

 

FREESTYLE: The 20-year-old Maddie Bowman of the U.S. edged silver-medalist Marie Martinod of France in the debut of halfpipe skiing, while Ayana Onozuka of Japan took the bronze. Bowman put together a pair of athletic runs that produced the two highest scores in the finals. In the men’s skicross, Jean Frederic Chapuis won the gold to lead the French 1-2-3 finish. Arnaud Bovolenta won silver and Jonathan Midol captured bronze.

 

NORDIC COMBINED: Norway finished third in the ski jumping and had to start the 20-kilometer race behind. But cross-country ski specialist Mangus Moan made up the deficit on the first leg and Norway outdueled Germany and defending champion Austria in the relay. Germany, which had the lead after the ski jump, took silver and Austria got the bronze.

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