Winter Olympics 2014 hockey results: Kessel's hat trick highlights last day of pool play

Julian Finney

Sunday marked the end of pool play in the 2014 men's tournament, with Canada needing overtime against Finland, and Russia needing a shootout against Slovakia.

Austria 3 Norway 1

Michael Grabner added two more goals for Austria, which picked up its first win of the 2014 tournament (and first Olympic win since 2002) with a 3-1 defeat of Norway. Grabner scored in the first and third periods, while assisting on a Michael Raffl goal in the game's opening 20 minutes as well. Austria will face Slovenia in a qualification game on Tuesday, while Norway will take on Russia.

Russia 1 Slovakia 0 (Russia wins shootout 2-0)

For the second straight game, the host Russians needed a shootout to decide a pool play game, only this time, behind Ilya Kovalchuk and the much-maligned Alexander Radulov, tthe Russians came out on top. Slovakia controlled play for the first two periods, before four straight power plays in the third shifted momentum to the Russians. Both teams will play in qualification games on Tuesday, with Russia playing Norway, and Slovakia playing the Czech Republic.

USA 5 Slovenia 1

Phill Kessel became the first American player to record a hat trick since John LeClair did so in 2002, and the USA locked up Group A with a convincing victory over the Slovenians. In his first Olympic action, Blake Wheeler recorded an assist, and Ryan Miller had 17 saves in his first game in net for the Americans. Anze Kopitar did not finish the game for Slovenia, but reportedly was ill and hopes to play in Slovenia's qualifying game Tuesday against Austria. The United States advances to the quarterfinals and awaits the winner of the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Canada 2 Finland 1 (OT)

A pair of goals from Drew Doughty was the difference as Canada squeaked past Finland in a low-scoring affair. With Finland missing many of its top forwards, the Finns played a more defensive game, limiting Canadian scoring chances. It worked, to a point, as it was the fewest goals and shots on goal Canada has taken all tournament, but Finland was unable to generate much on the offensive end, and Canada found the winner in overtime. Both teams advance straight to the quarterfinals, where Canada will see the winner of Switzerland and Latvia, and Finland will get the winner of Russia and Norway.

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