Slovakia’s bid for their first-ever Olympic medal in men’s hockey is alive and could come to fruition with a victory over the heavily favored Finns Thursday night in the men’s Olympic hockey semifinals.

Can Finland take care of Slovakia for the second time in the tournament, after a 6-2 win in the preliminaries, or does Slovakia have any magic left after their shootout win over the US?

Find out in our free picks and predictions for Slovakia vs. Finland.

Finland vs Slovakia Men's Hockey Predictions - Olympics 2022 Medal Round

Canada and the United States, once hot favourites to battle for men’s ice hockey gold at the Beijing Winter Olympics, will watch on television or from the stands after quarter-final disasters sent them crashing out of the competition.

Action at the National Indoor Stadium on Wednesday began with a stunning upset and ended late in the evening with a surprise.

Slovakia started the day by pulling off the shock of the Olympic tournament when they beat the U.S. team 3-2 in a shootout to reach the last four for just the second time.

The day ended with Canada, gold medal winners in two of the last three Olympics, shut out 2-0 by Sweden in a rematch of the 2014 Sochi final.

The top-seeded team in the men’s hockey tournament will not get a chance to play for a medal.

The United States — which finished with the best record in round-robin play — was eliminated with a thrilling 3-2 shootout loss to Slovakia in Wednesday’s first quarterfinal game at the Beijing Olympics.

Slovakia forced overtime with a goal from captain Marek Hrivík in the final minute of regulation. Both teams had plenty of chances in the 10-minute overtime but a shootout goal from Peter Cehlárik was the difference, giving Slovakia the win.

Slovakia took the early lead with a goal from Juraj Slafkovský — a top prospect for the 2022 NHL Draft — midway through the first. It was Slafkovský’s fifth of the tournament.

Nick Abruzzese a Toronto Maple Leafs prospect currently playing for Harvard — tied the game at 1-1 in the final minute of the frame. Minnesota Wild prospect Sam Hentges then gave the U.S. the lead with a goal midway through the second that nearly proved to be the winner.

The loss marks the third consecutive Olympics the United States will not earn a medal since claiming silver in a thrilling final vs. Canada at the 2010 Games.

The Americans also were eliminated in a quarterfinal shootout in 2018 against the Czech Republic.

Slovakia returns to the medal round for the first time since 2010 in Vancouver when the late Pavol Demitra helped them upset Sweden in the quarterfinals.


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