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Late goal helps Finland avoid upset

Winless Germany makes it tough on the European pool winner before falling 2-1.

By Associated Press
Published September 7, 2004

HELSINKI, Finland - Mikko Eloranta tipped a shot past Olaf Kolzig with 3:22 left, lifting Finland to a 2-1 win over Germany on Monday and into the semifinals of the World Cup of Hockey.

"It was the biggest goal in my career, but hopefully there will be another, even bigger goal," said Eloranta, one of only two Finns from the Finnish League.

Defenseman Kimmo Timonen took a pass from Olli Jokinen and fired the shot from the point that Eloranta deflected just in front of the goal.

"I saw the puck coming all the way and deflected it. I had no idea where it went because I had my back to the goal," Eloranta said. "But of course I knew where the cage was."

Finland dominated play in the first, outshooting the winless Germans 10-3, but didn't take the lead until midway through the second.

With Andreas Renz off for holding, Niklas Hagman scored into an open net when Kolzig got caught out of position and ended up sprawling on the ice.

Marco Sturm tied it with about six minutes left when he got a wrist shot past Miikka Kiprusoff.

[Last modified September 6, 2004, 23:29:20]


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