USA vs Finland IIHF Semifinal Live Online
The United States and Finland meet again in the 2022 IIHF Men’s World Championship on Saturday, May 28.
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Team USA scored twice in the first, held on for dear life in the second, and battened the hatches in the third to eliminate the previously undefeated Swiss, 3-0, and earn one of four precious spots in this weekend's semi-finals in Tampere. No matter what happens in that game, the young team will be playing for a medal on Sunday.
Goaltender Jeremy Swayman was a difference maker for the U.S. Despite being outshot, 33-22, he was perfect on the night and kept the team in the game in a second period in which the Swiss dominated.
Date: Monday, February 14
Start Time: 8:10 a.m. ET
TV: USA Network
Live Stream: NBCOlympics.com and Peacock
Two teams from Group B, Finland and the USA, will meet in Saturday’s early semi-final game at Tampere’s Nokia Arena, the same arena where their entire group stage was played.
Finland finished first in the group and the USA finished fourth, but there wasn’t a huge gap between the two. In fact, if the USA had won their head-to-head meeting in the group stage in regulation instead of losing it, the two teams would have finished tied on 16 points.
“I think we deserved to be a higher seed,” said Hartman. “We let a couple games get away so we fell to that fourth spot.”
In Wednesday’s quarter-finals, Finland overcame an early 2-0 deficit to beat Slovakia, while the USA didn’t let its early 2-0 lead get away against previously-unbeaten Switzerland, winning 3-0.
Home ice has been an advantage for the Finns so far in Tampere, where they’ve won seven of eight games in regulation time – the only blemish being a shootout loss to Sweden. The Americans had to make a trip to Helsinki for the quarter-finals, but now they’re back and ready for a rematch
“It's a home atmosphere,” said Hartman. “They've got that new rink they're playing in. There's gonna be a lot of fans. It should be loud. But we're just going to worry about ourselves.”
“It’s very important,” said Finnish forward Niklas Friman. “The crowd here has been amazing through the whole tournament. It’s so nice to see the joy in people’s faces. Of course it’s pressure, but this is top-level sport.”
Finnish forward Hannes Bjorninen said about the Americans: “They try to play physical hockey. They try to hit hard and play straight forward. They shoot a lot. Pretty normal North American hockey.”