The Associated Press SOCHI (AP)—The Russian women’s hockey team awakened in time to preserve its chances of reaching the medal round.
In front of a boisterous crowd that was the biggest yet at the Shayba Arena, the home team scored four times in the third period to come from behind and skate away with a 4-1 victory over Germany on Sunday night.
Germany’s Franziska Busch broke a scoreless tie in the second period, and Viona Harrer took a shutout into the third before the Russians scored four times in a span of 7 minutes 11 seconds. Yulia Leskina made 14 saves for Russia on her 23rd birthday and in her Olympic debut.
“We knew it was only one goal,” said forward Yekaterina Pashkevich, a Moscow native who works as a union electrician in Worcester, Mass. “But in sports, if you give the opponent the opportunity to believe they can play against you, they will play.”