Olympic Ice Hockey: FIN 8 - AUT - 4

The olympic ice hockey tournament continued into Day 2 with a matchup between Finland and Austria in the early hours of the morning here in the US. Austria got on board first with a goal on the very first shift of the game from Michael Grabner. However, the Finns tie it up five minutes later when Teemu Selanne and Sami Vatanen set up Mikael Granlund for a goal. There were three more goals from the Finns in the first period, as well as a second goal from the Austrians.

The Finnish offense, which some people thought would be inept, wouldn’t need more than four goals to win this one, but they doubled their first period total in the next two periods. 6 different goal scorers combined for a total of 8 goals for Finland, including a pair of goals from both Granlund and Jarkko Immonen. For Austria, Grabner was the standout who recorded a hat trick. Tuukka Rask got off to a slow start allowing 2 goals on his first 3 shots against. However, the Finns offense was able to overcome their awful start. The Austrian goaltender, despite allowing 8 goals, made 44 saves and played quite well at times.

Selanne did not play after the first period. He was seen getting his neck worked on by a trainer on the Finnish bench in the first period. It expected that he will play on Friday when Finland takes on Norway.

Scoring Breakdown by Period:

1 2 3 OT SO Total
AUT 2 0 2 0 4
FIN 4 2 2 0 8
  • AUT: Grabner (1,2,3) Hundertpfund (1)
  • FIN: Granlund (1,2) Lepisto, Maatta, Immonen (1,2), J. Jokinen (1)

Shot Breakdown by Period

Period AUT FIN
1st 6 15
2nd 8 19
3rd 6 18
Total 20 52

Powerplay Efficiency:

Period AUT FIN
1st 0/1 0/1
3rd 0/1 2/4
Total 0/2 2/5

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