2010 Winter Olympics Men’s Hockey: Bronze Medal Finnish

February 28th, 2010 by Matt Hutter Leave a reply »
At one point during Saturday's bronze medal game between Team Slovakia and Team Finland, it appeared that the terrible game the latter played against Team USA was about to hurt worse than it already did.

Entering the third period, Slovakia looked to be well on their way to winning a medal for the first time in team history as they had a deceptively comfortable 3-1 lead over the Finns.

However, the long-dormant tenacity of the Finns awoke in the third period and sparked the biggest comeback of this year's Winter Olympic Games.



The first period began with the kind of muted enthusiasm one would expect from two teams that had just come off hope-shattering losses the day before.

Finland's monumental meltdown against Team USA on Friday was still a fresh and bitter defeat and Slovakia's tenacious effort against Team Canada just 24 hours prior certainly made for a tired and weary squad on Saturday.

Through the first few minutes of the first, both teams employed a "wait and see" strategy as neither did much to force the play on the other.

However, Team Finland began to buzz a bit, exhib ...

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