Russia Edges Sweden, Uden Johansson in Pool Play, 3-1; Swedes Will Play Finland in Quarterfinals on Saturday 7:30 AM on MSNBC
SOCHI, Russia – Quinnipiac women's ice hockey forward Erica Uden Johansson (Sundsvall, Sweden) faced host Team Russia as a member of Team Sweden on Thursday and fell by a score of 3-1. In a battle of Sochi Group B unbeatens, the Russians broke Team Sweden's shutout streak and claimed the victory with three goals on Thursday in front of staggering home crowd for the host nation. Despite the loss, Team Sweden still advances to the Quarterfinal round with a 2-1 record in Group B play as they will take on the No. 3 seed Finland on Saturday at 7:30 a.m. (Eastern) on MSNBC.
Uden Johansson saw her most ice time of the 2014 Olympics with a total of 10:53 and 16 total shifts. She saw significant minutes while on the Sweden penalty kill in addition to manning the right wing position on the Swedes' second power play unit. Uden Johansson did commit her first penalty of the Olympics but was not on the ice for any of the three Russian goals.
Team Russia's Anna Shukina and Alyona Khomich scored to give the Russians a 2-0 lead midway through the second period. Sweden's Pernilla Winberg made it a one-goal game with 62 seconds left in the second period but the Swedes would get no closer as Yekaterina Smolentseva scored with 1:53 left to ice it and secure the 3-1 victory. Valentina Wallner played well in net for Sweden despite the loss as she saved 27-of-30 shots on Thursday.
Sweden will now take on the No. 3 ranked Finland squad featuring former University of Minnesota goalie Noora Raty, widely acclaimed as the top goaltender in the world. No. 3 Finland defeated No. 5 Switzerland in overtime on Wednesday, 4-3, to earn the right to play the loser of today's Group B match between Sweden and Russia.
Team Sweden will be looking to make the Semifinals for the third consecutive Olympics while they remain the only country to have beaten one of the women's hockey superpowers, the United States and Canada, in Olympic competition. Sweden shocked the United States, 3-2, in the Semifinals in Turin in 2006, overcoming significant odds to claim the silver medal.
Russia, meanwhile, will move on to play Switzerland in the first Quarterfinal game scheduled to begin at 3:00 a.m. (Eastern) on Saturday.
Sweden Women's Ice Hockey Schedule
- Sunday, Feb. 9, 3:30 a.m. Eastern Time: Sweden 1, Japan 0
- Tuesday, Feb. 11, 5:00 a.m. Eastern Time: Sweden 4, Germany 0
- Thursday, Feb. 13, 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time: Russia 3, Sweden 1
- Saturday, Feb. 15, 7:30 a.m. Eastern Time: Quarterfinals Sweden vs. Finland (TV: MSNBC)
- Monday, Feb. 17, TBA: Semifinals (TV: NBCSN)
- Tuesday, Feb. 18, TBA: Second Classification Round (5/6, 7/8)
- Thursday, Feb. 20, TBA: Bronze Medal Game (TV: NBCSN) or Gold Medal Game (TV: NBC)
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