Koshechkin shuts out Czechs to put Russians in Olympic final

Koshechkin shuts out Czechs to put Russians in Olympic final

Little-known Czech Republic goaltender Pavel Francouz stopped all five Americans in the shootout and Petr Koukal scored as the United States was eliminated with a 3-2 loss Wednesday in the quarterfinals.

The Czech hockey team lost its bid for the bronze at the Winter Olympics on Saturday, suffering a 6:4 defeat at the hands of Canada.

Their opponent is quite the surprise.

After an opening loss to Slovakia caused many to declare the men's tournament "wide open", the Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation have firmly reestablished themselves as gold-medal favorites.

Koshechkin is 3-1-0 after getting the nod to start over National Hockey League prospects Ilya Sorokin and Igor Shestyorkin and will nearly certainly start the final Sunday against either Canada or Germany, who play late Friday in the other semifinal.

Chris Kelly and Andrew Ebbett each scored twice as the Canadians captured their first Olympic bronze medal in half a century.

The 2014 version of Team Canada reportedly came with a $150-million salary cap hit.

"Germans in Canada should exercise a high degree of empathy", tweeted the German Foreign Office 14 hours ago.

Matthias Plactha had a goal and an assist, Frank Mauer and Brooks Macek each had a goal for Germany.

Second and third goalies Sorokin and Shestyorkin could be there soon, too, but they're definitely lower on the depth chart than Koshechkin, who has earned the right to be Russia's No. 1 as one of the rare players not from SKA or CSKA.

BC-OLY-HKO-Czech Republic-Canada, 1st Ld-Writethru, 730Canada takes Olympic bronze after beating Czech Republic 6-4AP Photo OLYMH186, OLYMH175, OLYMH180, OLYMH182, OLYMH170, OLYMH193, OLYMH192Eds: Canada 6, Czech Republic 4. We are Olympic bronze medallists and we are super proud of that.

The memorable US win over Russian Federation in the Sochi shootout came in group play and had far less at stake.

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The Canadians have been an early game without the glow (they got their first shot in the eighth minute), but they have stayed the course after having concluded the first twenty ahead 3-1. "He made some huge saves tonight, and he was good".

Nikita Gusev, Vladislav Gavrikov, and Ilya Kovalchuk all scored for the winners as goaltender Vasily Koshchkin turned in a shutout.

Patrick Hager padded Germany's lead to 4-1, but Canada's Mat Robinson trimmed that to 4-2 at 2:42 of the third.

But out of 20 central and northern Alberta bars contacted by CBC News, only two said they'll open their doors for the game at 5:10 a.m. "And I think we deserve to be in the final". This is its first bronze since 1876. Bronze will be important, but the Czechs outshot the Russians 31-19 and went 0 for 4 on the power play.

"Canada will always be the world's great curling nation, but it does not follow that we will always be the very best at it", Kelly wrote.