Two Coyotes Reach Gold Medal Game, One Reaches Bronze Medal Game

Friday, 02.21.2014 / 2:34 PM

Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson (Sweden) and goalie Mike Smith (Canada) are going the distance at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Sweden will play Canada for the gold medal on Sunday.

Ekman-Larsson has notched three assists and a plus-5 rating in five games at the Olympics. He is averaging 10:12 of ice time per game. He dressed but did not play in Sweden’s 2-1 win over Finland in Friday’s semifinal.

Smith, Canada’s third string goalie, has yet to play at the Games.

Meanwhile, Coyotes forward Lauri Korpikoski and his Finnish teammates will play the United States for the bronze medal on Saturday.

Korpikoski played 16:03 and took two shots on goal in Friday’s 2-1 semifinal loss to Finland.

"Both teams played really tight," said Korpikoski, according to USA Today. "We both played a pretty smart game on the big ice. You can’t run around too much. There was a really high tempo, but the game was played really tight defensively – both ways. There weren’t a lot of chances there."

Korpikoski has notched two goals and a plus-2 rating in five games at the Olympics. He is averaging 16:06 of ice time per game.

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