Deflected goal gives Sweden 1-0 win over Japan in women's hockey
Fanny Rask of Sweden tries to take control of the puck from Haruna Yoneyama of Japan during the second period of the 2014 Winter Olympics women's ice hockey game at Shayba Arena, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
Published Sunday, February 9, 2014 5:38AM EST
SOCHI, Russia -- Jenni Asserholt deflected a shot into the net for a first-period goal and Sweden held on to beat Japan 1-0 on Sunday in their opening game of the Sochi Olympics women's hockey tournament.
Valentina Wallner stopped 19 shots for the Swedes.
Nana Fujimoto made 22 saves for Japan, which had not qualified for the Olympics in women's hockey since the sport was added to the Winter Games in Nagano in 1998.
Sweden is the only team other than the United States or Canada to have reached an Olympic gold medal game, beating the Americans in the 2006 semifinal and earning a silver. But the Swedes have struggled lately, falling into the second-tier Group B that will have to compete for two spots in the quarterfinals.