Ice Hockey: Russia v Germany for gold, who would have thought?


The team of Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation won the men's gold in hockey on Sunday beating Germany 4-3 at the Gangneung Hockey Centre at the ongoing Winter Olympics in South Korea.

Germany committed a high sticking penalty nearly halfway through the extra period, and in the ensuing power play, OAR put on a passing clinic before Kirill Kaprizov one-timed the game-winning goal.

Germany brought the score to a tie with 10 minutes left in the second period, after a shot by Felix Schütz bounced off of goalkeeper Vasily Koshechkin and deflected off the body of Russian defenseman Bogdan Kiselevich across the goal line.

In a matchup few oddsmaker would have predicted, a powerhouse Russian squad will face off on Sunday against an upstart German team in a battle for one of the ice hockey world's most precious prizes: an Olympic gold medal. How close? They were 56 seconds away from Olympic gold before losing 4-3 to the "Olympic athletes from Russia" in overtime.

It was the first Russian gold medal in hockey since 1992 in Albertville when the team also played under a neutral flag as the Community of Independent States.

However, the International Olympic Committee had already voted to maintain Russia's ban pending the results of final dope tests from Pyeongchang, meaning the Russians can not wave their national flag at Sunday's closing ceremony.

No flag at the Closing Ceremony.

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Bjoergen, 37, won her second gold and fifth medal at Pyeongchang in the women's 30km cross country mass start, extending her record Winter Olympics career tally to 15.

"That's an elite team", USA coach Tony Granato said of the Russians, who beat his team 4-0 in the preliminary round.

Voynov, at the Olympics because he was banned from the National Hockey League in 2015 for his domestic abuse conviction, cashed in a turnover by Germany's Yasin Ehliz in the final moments of the first period to open the scoring. He scored on a one-timer from the right circle off a pass from Nikita Gusev.

Goalie Danny aus den Birken made a great pad save to stop Ilya Kovalchuk at the post 6:30 into overtime.

Germany's Patrick Reimer was sent into the penalty box for a high stick on Datsyuk, setting the stage for Kaprizov's emotional decider.

Kaprizov's goal began a joyous celebration as the Russian squad raced onto the ice for hugs and laughter while flag-waving supporters roared with delight. Push athlete Kevin Kuske won his sixth medal in five Olympic appearances. "I mean you can also live with leberkase and weisswurst, and yesterday was a day like this", Fasel said of Germany's semi-final upset over Canada to reach the final.