SOCHI, Russia – Team Sweden's four third period goals helped earn them a shot against Team USA in the medal round of the 2014 Sochi Olympics as they took down Finland, 4-2, in an upset Quarterfinal victory on Saturday. Quinnipiac women's ice hockey forward Erica Uden Johansson (Sundsvall, Sweden) put three shots on former University of Minnesota goalie Noora Raty to help spark the come-from-behind victory over Finland. Sweden now advances to the medal round where they will take on Team USA in what will be a rematch of their 2006 Semifinal meeting wherein Team Sweden knocked off the United States, 3-2, to advance to the goal medal match. Sweden's game against Team USA is slated for Monday at 7:30 a.m. (Eastern), televised on NBC Sports Network (NBCSN).
Uden Johansson certainly made the most of her 12:09 of ice time as she tied for sixth-most shots-on-goal for any Swedish player with three. She also was not on-ice for either of the two Finland goals. The victory for Sweden also avenged a loss to Finland in the third-place game during the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.
Team Sweden outmuscled Team Finland in what was a physical game throughout on Saturday. Finland was able to find the back of the net in the second period to give them a 1-0 lead heading into the third frame. Sweden tied it on a power-play goal from Anna Borgqvist and Lina Wester gave the Swedes a 2-1 lead with 14:51 left in the third. After Finland tied the score at 2-2 just 12 seconds later, Emma Eliasson banged home the eventual game-winner past the two-time NCAA champion Raty. Emma Nordin added an empty-netter, ending the game in a 4-2 victory for Sweden.
The No. 6 world-ranked Swedish National Team will now take on the No. 1 ranked United States team that defeated Switzerland and Finland by a combined score of 12-1, before losing to Canada in pool play, 3-2. Team Sweden and USA last met back in 2006 when the Swedes shocked the world with a 3-2 victory over the United States in the Semifinal round. Sweden remains the only non-Canadian team, to have beaten the United States at the Olympics. The winner of the Sweden/United States game will take on either Canada or Switzerland who will play on Monday at 12:00 p.m. (Eastern) on MSNBC.
Finland, the No. 3 ranked team in the world, dips to the consolation bracket where they can finish no better than fifth.
Sweden Women's Ice Hockey Schedule
- Sunday, Feb. 9, 3:30 a.m. Eastern Time: Sweden 1, Japan 0
- Tuesday, Feb. 11, 5:00 a.m. Eastern Time: Sweden 4, Germany 0
- Thursday, Feb. 13, 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time: Russia 3, Sweden 1
- Saturday, Feb. 15, 7:30 a.m. Eastern Time: Quarterfinals - Sweden 4, Finland 2
- Monday, Feb. 17, 7:30 a.m. Eastern Time: Semifinals - Sweden vs. United States (TV: NBCSN)
- Thursday, Feb. 20, TBA: Bronze Medal Game (TV: NBCSN) or Gold Medal Game (TV: NBC)
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