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Russian women score late, beat Japan 2-1 in hockey

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014 12:43 p.m. CDT
(AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Goalkeeper Nana Fujimoto of Japan deflects a shot by Iya Govrilova of Russia as Sena Suzuki of Japan (6) skates in to help during the first period of the 2014 Winter Olympics women's ice hockey game at Shayba Arena, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Alexandra Vafina scored on a breakaway with 8:24 left in the third period on Tuesday to help Russia beat Japan 2-1 and earn a berth in the Olympic women's hockey quarterfinals.

Anna Prugova stopped 21 shots for the hosts, who improved their record to 2-0. They will play unbeaten Sweden on Thursday to determine their playoff opponents.

Nana Fujimoto made 36 saves for Japan, which fell to 0-2 and was eliminated from medal contention.

Tatyana Burina scored in the first period to give Russia a 1-0 lead. It stayed that way until Ayaka Toko lofted the puck past Prugova to tie it just 43 seconds into the third period.

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