Russia rallies, Sweden blanks Japan in women's hockey

The Sports NetworkFebruary 9, 2014 

Sochi, Russia (SportsNetwork.com) - Russia used a late surge to win its women's hockey opener on Sunday and Sweden posted a shutout to earn a victory in Group B play.

After coming up empty on early chances and finding itself down a goal, Russia dominated the third period to rally past Germany 4-1. Olga Sosina scored twice in the four-goal final frame, while Yulia Leskina shook off a tough early goal to record 14 saves.

Germany went ahead 1-0 in the second frame despite having been outshot 17-5 before Franziska Busch whipped a shot from the top of the right circle that hit off Leskina's glove and went in.

However, Russia evened the match on Iya Gavrilova's wrap-around tally just over five minutes into the third period and Sosina's first goal of the contest put her club ahead for good.

Sosina's power-play tally came on a shot from the left circle that was going wide, but hit off the chest of Germany's Andrea Lanzl and in.

Captain Yekaterina Smolentseva whipped home a goal 38 seconds later and Sosina fired home a rebound with 7:45 to play to cap the scoring.

Russia outshot Germany 17-1 in the third period and Viona Harrer made 33 saves in defeat.

While the Russians found their offense late, fellow Group B member Sweden held off Japan by a 1-0 margin earlier in the day.

The lone goal of the game came in the first period, with Jenni Asserholt converting on a power play 12:38 in just 10 seconds after Japan's Ayaka Toko took a tripping penalty.

Valentina Wallner took it from there, stopping all 19 shots fired her way.

Erika Grahm and Emma Eliasson assisted on Asserholt's tally, which came on a tipped shot from the right point.

Nana Fujimoto made 22 saves in the setback for Japan.

The U.S. and Canada, which both picked up victories Saturday, will take on Switzerland and Finland, respectively, on Monday.

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