Kimmo Timonen, Team Finland Head to Semifinals
The 2014 Sochi Olympics is heading towards it’s end as the ice hockey tournaments get closer to their gold medal rounds. After Team USA defeated Team Czech Republic on Wednesday afternoon in a 5-2 decision, Philadelphia Flyers forward Jakub Voracek was knocked out of the competition. Michael Raffl and Team Austria were shut out of the competition by Team Slovakia, so the only Flyer left standing is veteran defensemen Kimmo Timonen.
Team Finland has always been pretty sound during the Olympics, but this year they have much to improve upon from the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. Back in 2010, Finland went to the bronze medal game and took home the medal, but this year they may have the chance to place higher in the competition. Finland will take on Team Sweden on Friday for a chance to head to the gold medal round (winner to play the victor of the USA, Canada game). The silver lining to this game is whichever team takes the defeat between Sweden and Finland, will still have a chance to bring home the bronze.
Flyers’ own Timonen will provide help for this team, but Finland also has a lot of strength being backed up by Tuukka Rask and having Teemu Selanne as a powerhouse for their offense. They have a good chance to head to the gold medal game; however, Team Sweden is not to be taken lightly.
Sweden swept their grouping and have been dominating the competition this year. They have a dream roster with guys like Erik Karlsson, Daniel Alfredsson, Daniel Sedin and Henrik Lundqvist in net. They are sure to give Finland a hard time on Friday.