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Olympic Hockey 2014: Scores, Recap and Updated Women's Bracket After Day 11

Jenni Hiirikoski of Finland celebrates their 2-1 win over Germany with goalkeeper Noora Raty after the 2014 Winter Olympics women's ice hockey game at Shayba Arena, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
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Donald WoodFeatured Columnist IVMay 20, 2016

The 2014 Winter Olympics have been an amazing showcase of different sports, but there have been few moments as exciting as the women’s ice hockey tournament.

Day 11 featured the final two games of the consolation round. With Finland dominating Team Russia in front of the home crowd, and Germany holding off Japan for a hard fought victory, it was a great day to be a hockey fan.

After a wild day of classification games—the fifth- and seventh-place battles—here are the final scores from Day 11 and all the information women’s hockey fans will need:

Olympic Women's Hockey Results, Day 11
RoundResult
ClassificationsFinland 4, Russia 0
ClassificationsGermany 3, Japan 2
Source: NBCOlympics.com and Sochi2014.com

 

Here are the final group standings:

Final Women's Hockey Group Standings
Group A
Pos. Team Games Points
1 Canada 3 9
2 United States 3 6
3 Finland 3 2
4 Switzerland 3 1
Group B
Pos. Team Games Points
1 Russia 3 9
2 Sweden 3 6
3 Germany 3 3
4 Japan 3 0
Source: NBCOlympics.com and Sochi2014.com

 

Updated Women’s Bracket

The women’s championship bracket via The Globe and Mail's Olympic Twitter account:

 

Finland Beats Russia, 4-0

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 16: Noora Raty #41 of Finland raises her glove as a puck passes over the net in the first period against Germany during the Women's Ice Hockey Classification game on day nine of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Shayba Arena on Fe
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Despite Team Russia’s advantage of playing in front of a raucous home crowd, it was Team Finland that stole the show in the fifth-place consolation game and dominated on route to a 4-0 victory.

While there was no medal on the line, there was plenty of pride.

Led by elite goaltender Noora Raty, Finland used its defensive play to open up its offensive opportunities. Not only did Raty stop all 19 shots sent her way, but the consistency in net also gave the Finnish forwards confidence to cheat up the ice.

As well as Raty played, her dominance against Russia could be her last professional game, as she teased retirement Saturday on Twitter via the Minnesota Star Tribune:

I will hang up my skates for good if I can’t play professional hockey IN A COMPETITIVE LEAGUE next season … I would love to take on the challenge and try playing with men since I can’t play college hockey anymore and there’s no professional league for females in the North America. But I guess the time will show if some men’s pro team is willing to give me a chance.

Team Finland did manage two goals late in the first period, scored by Linda Valimaki and Hanna-Riikka Valila, and never looked back.

The team added two more goals in the fourth period while overpowering Russia in every facet of the game, but it was the lack of commitment and heart that the Russians showed that was the real reason the Finnish players finished fifth.

 

Germany Beats Japan, 3-2

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 18: Germany celebrate after beating Japan 3-2 during the Women's Classifications Game on day 11 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Shayba Arena on February 18, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
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While the battle for seventh place was not something most fans cared about, the pride on the line when Germany took on Japan was more about not finishing last more than actually winning the seventh place game.

The battle was as hard fought as hockey fans would expect.

Germany and Japan played a very physical matchup and each team managed to add a goal in the first period, scored by Susann Gotz for Germany and Hanae Kubo for Japan.

It was all Team Germany in the second period, though, after scoring two goals and chasing Japanese starting goalie Nana Fujimoto from the net.

Japan put in 18-year-old Akane Konishi was perfect after taking over in net, and the Japanese were able to add a second goal in the third period to draw within striking distance. The time ran out on Japan’s comeback effort, but the Germans proved to have an admirable roster.

This was the best last-place game hockey fans could ask for.

 

Updated Medal Standings

 

*All stats and information via NBCOlympics.com and Sochi2014.com.

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