Russia downs Japan in women's classification game

The Sports NetworkFebruary 16, 2014 

Sochi, Russia (SportsNetwork.com) - Galina Skiba scored two goals to help Russia post a 6-3 win over Japan in a women's ice hockey classification game on Sunday at the Sochi Olympics.

Skiba tallied at 7:33 of the second period to give Russia a 3-2 lead and her second goal of the night made it 5-3 for the host nation midway through the third period. Tatyana Burina, who had a goal and two assists, scored with 4:18 remaining in regulation to account for the final margin.

Anna Shokhina also had a goal and two assists for Russia, which will battle Finland for fifth place on Tuesday.

Japan and Germany will face off Tuesday in the seventh-place classification game.

Backed by 20 saves from Noora Raty, Finland picked up a 2-1 win over Germany earlier on Sunday.

Jenni Hiirikoski scored just 1:15 into the contest for Finland and Michelle Karvinen made it 2-0 at the 8:32 mark. Riikka Valila assisted on both tallies, including Hiirikoski's goal that came just five seconds into a power play.

Raty made six saves in the first period and kept Germany off the board until Bettina Evers scored 8:59 into the middle frame on the power play, but Raty made the one-goal edge stand up.

Jennifer Harss took the tough-luck loss despite 25 saves.

The semifinal games in the women's tournament are set for Monday with the United States taking on Sweden and Canada facing off against Switzerland. The Americans and Canadians are both considered heavy favorites to reach Thursday's gold medal game.

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