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Finland Beats USA in Overtime for Semi-Finals Slot

Finland's ice hockey team narrowly beat the US in overtime and has thus secured a place in the World Championship semi-finals.

The Lions opened strong, leading most of the game 2-nil. But the Finns fell asleep in the third period, allowing the US to tie up the game at 2-2.

The third period ended in a tied game and both teams prepared for overtime. Just 3 minutes 59 seconds into overtime, Sami Lepistö flicked the puck in behind the American defence, winning the game for the Lions 3-2.

Finland now advances to the semi-finals, and will play Russia on Friday.

"That's got a nice sound to it, semi-finals. We played an almost perfect game," says Finland's head coach Doug Shedden. "We had a 2-0 lead, everything was going fine. We weren't really getting up a whole lot of scoring chances. We weren't maybe creating a lot of chances in the third period, which sometimes you don't like."

"But the bench didn't get down. The guys stayed alive on the bench, then Saku Koivu wins a face off, gets the net, makes the screen, and Slammin' Sami Lepisto does just what you tell guys all the time, get it on the net, and it found a hole."

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