Galina Skiba of Russia celebrates her goal against Goalkeeper Nana Fujimoto of Japan during the 2014 Winter Olympics women's ice hockey game at Shayba Arena Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Russia 6, Japan 3 in women's hockey consolations

February 16, 2014

SOCHI, Russia (AP) Galina Skiba scored twice, including the tie-breaking goal in the second period, to help Russia beat Japan 6-3 on Sunday and earn a spot in the Olympic women's hockey fifth-place game.

Anna Shokhina and Tatyana Burina each had a goal and two assists for Russia, which will play Finland.

Anna Prugova made 24 saves for the hosts, who were hoping for their first medal in women's hockey. The team swept through the lower bracket in the round-robin but was beaten by Switzerland in the quarterfinals.

Nana Fujimoto made 26 saves for Japan, which will play Germany for seventh place in its last chance in Sochi to win its first Olympic game. Japan had not qualified for the Olympics since receiving a berth into the Nagano Games as the host nation.

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