Russia face Canada, United States with victory in women’s hockey world opener

CALGARY, Alta. (AP) – Valeria Pavlova and Viktoria Kulishova scored in 14 seconds midway through the second period and Russia opened the women’s hockey world championship with a 3-1 victory over Switzerland on Saturday night.

CALGARY, Alta. (AP) – Valeria Pavlova and Viktoria Kulishova scored in 14 seconds midway through the second period and Russia opened the women’s hockey world championship with a 3-1 victory over Switzerland on Saturday night.

Pavlova tied the power-play with 9:11 left in the period, and Kulishova gave the even-matched Russia the lead with 8:57 to go.

Maria Batalova scored in the third period and Valeria Merkusheva made 19 saves in the Group A game.

Alina Muller opened the scoring for Switzerland in the first period, then left the game in the second with a leg injury.

Earlier, Nina Christof scored twice in the first half to help Germany beat the Hungarian newcomer 3-0 in Group B. Julia Zorn also scored and Jennifer Harss made 19 saves.

Late in the game, also in Group B, Hikaru Yamashita scored early in the second half and Nana Fujimoto made 26 saves in Japan’s first 1-0 win over Denmark.

Cassandra Repstock-Romme stopped 27 shots for Denmark, losing 6-1 to the Czech Republic on Friday night.

In Group A on Friday, the United States started with a 3-0 victory over Switzerland, and Canada rallied to beat Finland 5-3.

The five teams from Group A and the top three from Group B will advance to the quarter-finals.

The Associated Press


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