Don't count out feisty Finland

KIRK PENTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 7:08 AM ET

Don't forget about us.

That's what Finland is saying after upsetting Sweden in the preliminary round to qualify for the top pool in the playoff round. They can do no worse than play for the bronze medal.

But bronze is not the colour the Finns are chasing.

"We are at least in the bronze game, but it's not enough for our team," forward Saara Tuominen said yesterday. "We want to be in the final for sure. We can do what Sweden did last year. There's no doubt."

Tuominen is referring to Sweden's upset of the U.S. in a semifinal at last year's Olympics. And the U.S. is the team that Tuominen believes her team can topple.

"We know that we can beat them if we are in the zone and everybody is doing their best," she said.

The schedule could work in the Finns' favour. While they get today off, Canada and the U.S. will be beating each other up in their playoff-round tilt. Finland, which didn't allow a goal in the preliminary round, meets the U.S. tomorrow and the Canadians on Monday.

"They're definitely going to be tough games, but on the other hand we're going to be the underdogs for those games," defenceman Emma Laaksonen said. "We have really nothing to lose. We have everything to win. Sweden has done it before, so there's no reason why we shouldn't be able to do it."


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