Game Summary

Canada 2 - Finland 1
Olympic Quarter Final
Wednesday, February 20, 2002
Salt Lake City, Utah
E-Center

Canada's Men's Olympic hockey team advanced to the semi-final with a 2-1 victory over Finland, Wednesday night at the E Center in Salt Lake City.

Colorado Avalanche captain Joe Sakic opened the scoring at the 3:00 mark of the first period, after taking a nice feed from Simon Gagne and putting a backhander past Finnish goaltender Jani Hurme to put Canada up 1-0. Sakic's goal would send Canada to the dressing room leading by one.

In the second period, Canada would take a two-goal lead after Steve Yzerman converted a Mario Lemieux pass to put Canada up by two. Canada's two-goal lead would be short lived as Finland scored 20 seconds later, as Niklas Hagman put a shot past Canadian goaltender Martin Brodeur. Canada outshot Finland 14-8 in the second period and was up 2-1 heading into the third period.

Canada continued to pound Jani Hurme with shots in the third period, but were unsuccessful, leaving it up to Brodeur to shut down Finland. Brodeur did just that as he made six third period saves to preserve the 2-1 victory for Canada.

Canada will now play Belarus in one of Friday's semi-final match-ups. The last time Canada faced Belarus in Olympic play, Canada defeated Belarus 5-0 in the 1998 Winter Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan. In Friday's other semi-final, USA will play Russia.

The winners of the semi-final games will face each other in the gold medal game on Sunday at 1:00pm (MT) at the E Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.


Game Summary

Box Score Canada

1

1

0

2

  Finland

0

1

0

1


First Period
Goals/Buts :
CAN ' Sakic, Joe (Gagne, Simon) - 03:00

Penalties/Pénalités :
None/Aucun
Second Period

Goals/Buts :
CAN ' Yzerman, Steve (Lemieux, Mario) - 35:49
FIN ' Hagman, Niklas (Kallio, Tomi / Jokinen, Olli) - 36:09

Penalties/Pénalités :
FIN ' Selanne, Teemu / 2 min. / INTRF / 25:52

Third Period
Goals/Buts :
None/Aucun

Penalties/Pénalités :
CAN ' JOVANOVSKI, Ed / 2 min./ BOARD / 46:10

Goaltenders Canada -BRODEUR, Martin
  Finland -HURME, Jani

   

First

Second

Third

Final

Shots on Goal by Canada

15

14

5

34

  Finland

5

8

6

19


Officials Referee

-LARUE, Dennis

  Linesmen

-CVIK, Michael
-LAUFF, Rudolf


Attendance -8,599

Canada's Men's Olympic hockey team is set to face Finland in one of four quarter-final games on Wednesday. Canada finished the preliminary round with a 1-1-1 record after tying the defending Olympic champions, the Czech Republic, 3-3 on Monday.

Martin Brodeur, after backing Curtis Joseph the first game, has played the last two games for Canada. He has recorded wins in both games and has a goals against average of 2.50.

Offensively for Canada, five players have two points each. Mario Lemieux has two goals, Joe Nieuwendyk has one goal and one assist, while Theoren Fleury, Ed Jovanovski and Owen Nolan each have two assists. Paul Kariya leads Canada with 10 shots on goal.

Canada's quarter-final game against Finland will be 8:15pm (MT) on Wednesday at the E Center in Salt Lake City. The last time Canada faced Finland in Olympic play, Finland defeated Canada 3-2 to capture the bronze medal at the 1998 Winter Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan.