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Well, at least OAR finally scores but nothing else goes right

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Well, at least the Olympic Atheltes from Russia finally scored.


After being shutout in their first two games, and going 44 scoreless minutes vs. Finland, Anna Shokhina broke through for OAR's first goal of the tournament.


But that was the only excitement for OAR (0-3 in group play), as Finland (1-2) coasted to a 5-1 win to wrap up group play.



Finland thoroughly dominated from start to Finnish -- ha, get it? -- scoring on three of four powerplays, while outshooting the Russians, 37-25.



Michelle Karvinen got things started, scoring two power-play goals; a one-time blast from the point late in the first period, followed up by a power-play tap-in 20 seconds into the second period.



Forty-four year old Riikka Valila capped off the rout with a beautiful goal, dancing past a Russian defender before deking goalie Nadezhda Morozova and potting the backhand shot for Finland’s third goal. It was Valila’s second goal of the tournament.


"I just get the puck and break away and then we know that the Russian goalie is quite aggressive when you have a breakaway and she's really challenging forward," Valila said. "So, I somehow remembered it when we have been talking about it so it was kind of easy to score."


 


Not to be outdone, Petra Nieminen tallied a wonderful goal of her own in the third, deking her way to an easy goal to make it 5-1.


Finland will play Sweden – 2-1 and the 2-seed from Group B -- in the quarterfinals.


"It's always like a kind of bit of a rival against the Swedish team," Karvinen said. "It's a tough team, they work really hard and it's going to be a challenge for us. We can't really care too much about how we've been doing so far in the tournament because it doesn't really matter."


OAR will play Switzerland -- 3-0 and the top seed from Group B -- in the quarterfinals. OAR, losers of all three preliminary round games must right the ship quickly to have a change in the upcoming elimination games.


"There seems to be a psychological barrier," forward Olga Sosina said. "Our mental strength is limping. There are so many opportune moments, breakaways and many shots. I don't know what else we can do.


"We will speak today and draw analysis from this because we can't create so many moments but not score. It's very shameful. We feel terrible to do this to our spectators and for ourselves as well, but even more so before the spectators. They give us such crazy support and we still can't cheer them up."


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