Finland 3, Russia 1
Despite jumping out to an early 1-0 lead, hosts Russia and Canadiens defensemen Alexei Emelin’s quest for home ice gold came to an end on Saturday in Moscow.
Russia outshot Finland 29-16, but outside of the game’s opening moments, could not solve Finnish goaltender Mikko Koskinen.
Emelin for his part registered a single shot on goal over 18:18 of ice time, ending the night a -1.
Three unanswered goals from Sebastian Aho (2) and Jussi Jokinen now keep the Finns perfect with nine-straight regulation wins heading into Sunday’s gold medal game.
Canada 4, USA 3
Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher opened the scoring for Canada on the way to a nervy 4-3 win against the United States on Saturday.
Gallagher registered a pair of shots over 9:54 of ice time, breaking the ice at 8:59 in the first.
Canada went ahead 2-0 in the opening frame, but the North American rivals would exchange leads before entering the final 20 tied at three apiece.
Ryan Ellis scored the game-winner at 1:34 in the third, as Canada now faces Finland in the gold medal game on Sunday.
Canadiens goaltender Mike Condon did not play for the United States.