Finland upsets Russia for women's hockey bronze

By Xinhua  |  Feb. 21, 2018 at 7:23 AM
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Feb. 21 (UPI) -- Finland won its third Olympic bronze medal in women's ice hockey Wednesday after upsetting Russia 3-2.

Previously, the Finland team won two bronze in Nagano in 1998, when the event was introduced to the Olympics, and then in Vancouver in 2010.

The two teams both exhibited strong power with the same 22 attempts, but Finland proved to be better in defense with 90.91 percent in saves, compared with the Russia's 86.36 percent.

Powerhouse Canada and the United States will clash in the final on Thursday, a replay of the showdown in Sochi four years ago.

The Americans have no problem getting chances when they play the Canadians, but their scoring dilemma against their arch-rivals was never more evident than in the preliminary round match, when Canada won 2-1.

Canada and the United States have traded world titles and Olympic medals since the 1990s. They have also been the only two women's ice hockey teams ever to win an Olympic gold medal. The Americans won its only Olympic gold in Nagano.

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