Topic: 2014 Winter Olympics
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SOCHI, February 13 (R-Sport) – Finland loudly announced its arrival at the Sochi Olympic hockey tournament Thursday with a 8-4 Group B thrashing of Austria that featured a hat-trick from New York Islanders wing Michael Grabner.
The bronze medalist in Vancouver, Finland found itself a goal down twice in the first period but goals from Mikael Granlund and Sami Lepisto restored parity.
Further goals from Olli Maatta and Jarkko Immonen put the Finns 4-2 up at the first break and Austria couldn't recover.
Jussi Jokinen and Petri Kontiola made it 6-2 in the second period before Immonen and Granlund scored their second goals of the game and Austria's Grabner sealed his hat-trick, the first of the Olympic tournament. Thomas Hundertpfund scored Austria’s other goal.
In a fearsome display of attacking power the two-time world champion Finland registered a huge 52 shots on its opponent’s goal.
In the other Group B game, Canada plays Norway later Thursday, while Group A will see Slovakia meet the United States and host Russia face Slovenia.
The group stage sees all teams play three games and the group winners plus the best second team go straight to the quarterfinals. The remaining teams must negotiate playoffs.
The gold medal game is February 23.
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