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Unbeaten Finland reaches gold medal game

Feb. 24, 2006 at 5:39 PM   |   Comments

TURIN, Italy, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Antero Nittymaki had another outstanding game in goal Friday as he carried Finland into the Olympic hockey finals in a 4-0 victory over Russia.

Finland, which has won one silver and two bronze medals in Olympic hockey, will try for its first gold on Sunday when it takes on Sweden.

The Finns are unbeaten in these Games and have outscored their opponents in seven games, 27-5. Although Nittymaki, who had 21 saves Friday, has not been in goal for all of those victories, Finland has recorded five shutouts and will be the favorite in the title game.

Finland will try to become the first team to go through an Olympics unbeaten since the Soviet Union club did so in 1984.

Sweden has two losses in the Olympics and fell to Russia during the round-robin phase of the tournament, 5-0.

Ville Peltonen scored the only goal Finland needed at 6:13 of the first period when he tipped in a blast from Kimmo Timonen. Toni Lydman made it 2-0 midway through the opening period.

Saku Koivu added a power-play goal in the second and Olli Jokinen scored the game's final goal in the third.

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