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WINTER OLYMPICS : Other Sports : Canada, Sweden Tie, 2-2, in Hockey

February 23, 1988|From Times Wire Services

Canada, playing in front of a rambunctious home crowd Monday, received a rude awakening when it allowed Sweden to rally for a 2-2 tie on the final day of divisional round-robin hockey action in the Winter Olympics at Calgary, Canada.

The result gave the A pool title to Finland, which defeated Poland, 5-1, earlier Monday in the hunt for its first-ever Olympic medal.

Jens Ohling took Mikael Johansson's pass and beat Canadian goalie Sean Burke with 11:34 to play to tie the game.

In the matchup of world-class goalies, Burke had 28 saves and Peter Lindmark of Sweden had 23.

Teams bring the points earned against other medal-round participants into the six-team medal round.

So because Finland defeated Canada and tied Sweden in divisional play, Finland takes three points into the medal round. Sweden, with ties against Finland and Canada, brings along two points. And Canada carries over just one from Monday's tie.

It will be most difficult for teams like Canada, which will play the Soviet Union in its medal round opener, and Czechoslovakia to overcome their poor standings to win medals.

Finland's Jarmo Myllys has been the No. 1 goalie in the Olympic tournament. He made 17 saves against Poland and even assisted on a goal by former National Hockey League defenseman Reijo Ruotsalainen, who scored twice and had an assist.

The Poles were playing their first game without star forward Jaroslaw Morawiecki had tested positive for the steroid testosterone and had been suspended from competition.

A tango portraying both light-hearted flirtation and dark passion earned three-time world champions Natalia Bestemianova and Andrei Bukin of the Soviet Union one perfect score and victory in the original set pattern segment of the Olympic ice dancing competition.

The first 13 couples finished in the exact same order in the second round of the three-part competition as they did in the first round of compulsories.

Sweden's cross-country team finally got back on top with a victory by 12.7 seconds over the Soviet Union in the men's 40-kilometer freestyle relay.

Sweden, held without a medal and only one top-10 finish in the two previous races for men, captured the gold as Jan Ottosson, Thomas Wassberg, Gunde Svan and Torgny Mogren completed four laps on the hilly Canmore Nordic Center course in 1 hour 43 minutes 58.6 seconds.

Czechoslovakia was third in 1:45.22.7. Switzerland, which led after the first leg, finished fourth in 1:46.16.3, just four-tenths of a second ahead of Italy.

The Soviets, who swept the first two classical style races last week, dropped out of contention after Mikhail Deviatiarov fell coming into a curve on a steep downhill stretch at the 24-kilometer mark, early in the third leg.

He lost only about seven seconds before scrambling to his feet. But, perhaps more important, he also lost his rhythm.

Kihoon Kim of South Korea was the surprise winner of the men's 1,500-meter short-track speed skating. Monique Velzeboer of the Netherlands won the women's 500-meter race.

In the demonstration sport at the Max Bell Arena, skaters hurtle around the 366-foot track at speeds approaching 25 m.p.h. The sport has been described as a roller derby on ice.

Tatjana Mittermayer of West Germany and Hakan Hansson of Sweden won the mogul competition in freestyle skiing, also a demonstration sport. Mittermayer easily outscored her five opponents to finish with a total of 36.16 points. Hansson had 39.56 points, with Hans Eide Engelsen of Norway in second just .19 back.

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