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Finland is off to the gold medal game for the first time since 2019 after beating Sweden 1-0 on Friday.
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Finland is off to the gold medal game for the first time since 2019 after beating Sweden 1-0 on Friday.

The FInns will play for gold against Canada at 8:00 PM ET. Sweden will play for bronze against Czechia at 4:00 PM, with Sweden last winning bronze in 2020.

The first period was a quiet one, with neither team getting any really dangerous scoring opportunities. That all changed at 25:18 when, on the power play, Aatu Raty set up Kasper Puutio on the breakaway. Puutio made no mistake sliding the puck between Jesper Wallstedt's legs and in for the 1-0 goal.

The Swedes had a big opportunity to get on the board late in the second with a 5-on-3, but Finland's shot-blocking defense made a difference in keeping the game a one-goal affair.

The goaltending took over the rest of the game, with Finland's Juha Jatkola grabbing a 22-save shutout, while Sweden's Wallstedt turned away 27. Jatkola was a surprise starter for Finland after backing up Leevi Merilainen in four of the five previous games, but came up big when it mattered on Friday.

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