Russian women, Finland advance to semifinals with big wins

Lynette Rowe
February 18, 2018

Jan Mursak tied the game late in third period and tallied the game victor in overtime as Slovenia took down the United States in the opening game of the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics.

The first four teams (the groups' first-placed teams and the best among second-placed teams) will start play-offs in quarterfinals.

Earlier on Saturday in the men's tournament, the Czech hockey players beat Canada in the shootout.

OAR then went up 3-2 at 18:53 in the same period with Liana Ganeyeva's power play goal.

The political rivals stirred passions long before players began warming up as rowdy fans waved Russian and United States flags with chants of "U-S-A" and "Russ-i-a" - screaming that only grew louder as the game unfolded in an intense setting. But his good run came to a crashing halt against the dominant Swiss, who scored five goals on 27 shots against Dalton - sending him to the bench in favor of Sungje Park, who surrendered two goals on the seven shots he faced.

After a stunning opening loss to Slovakia, Kiril Kaprizov scored a hat-trick as the Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation stormed back on Friday to crush Slovenia 8-2 and set up a key group game against the United States in the men's Olympic ice hockey tournament. And with the National Hockey League sitting this one out, the Americans are who we thought they were.

"We played well", Kovalchuk said.

The first game (against Switzerland) was our first game in the Olympics.

Zapolski also allowed two goals to Nikolai Prokhorokin, a 2012 Los Angeles Kings draft pick.

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Shokhina scored a stunning short-handed goal with a second left on a 5-on-3.

Prokhorkin was the beneficiary of a USA turnover behind Zapolski to give OAR a 1-0 lead at 7:21 of the first period.

Alina Muller tied it up 48 seconds into the second period.

Slovenia forward Ziga Pance made it 8-2 late in the game.

"They've got a really good group over there, but I'm really confident in our squad", forward Jordan Greenway said.

Led by the 44-year-old Valila, the Finns jumped on the Swedes by scoring three goals in the first and never trailing.

Nieminen gave Finland a 1-0 lead at 6:12 of the first when she skated up the slot and put a backhander past the outstretched left skate of the Swedish goalie. "Good players are able to score goals like that, and those are some of their better players so they found a way to score".

The United States built a 2-0 lead and a 24-12 shot advantage on Slovenia through two periods, but got completely manhandled by a hockey country nearly exclusively known for producing Anze Kopitar in the third frame.

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