The second day of the men’s Olympic ice hockey tournament is already well underway, and early this morning Team Finland defeated Team Austria, 8-4. The puck was dropped at noon local Sochi time, 3:00 AM EST.
The Austrian’s opened up the scoring just 36 seconds into the game, Michael Grabner was the goal scorer, and the Austrians had an immediate jump on the Finnish. The first period was far from over though, Team Finland tied the game back up just four plus minutes later – Mikael Granlund scored the goal, primary assist by Selanne. The Austrians would add one more of their own in the period, but Team Finland responded with three more – giving them a 4-2 lead at the end of the first period.
From the second period on it was Team Finland who controlled the game, scoring two more goals in the second, and another two to put the game out of reach for Team Austria. Michael Grabner led the way for Team Austria, he score two goals in the third period, which completed his hat trick for the game – it wasn’t enough though.
Tuukka Rask was the starting goaltender for Team Finland, he only faced 20 shots on net, and recorded 16 saves. Finland had 52 shots on net, Austrian netminder Bernhard Starkbaum made 44 saves in the loss.
Team Finland faces Norway in their second Group B match-up; scheduled for tomorrow, February 14th, 9:00 PM local Sochi time, noon EST. Austria will take on Team Canada, also on February 14th, same time was well.