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Finland finishes 3rd in pool play, beats Russian women 5-1

Riikka Valila (13), of Finland, reacts after scoring a goal on the Olympic Athletes from Russia during the second period of a preliminary round women's hockey game at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Riikka Valila (13), of Finland, reacts after scoring a goal on the Olympic Athletes from Russia during the second period of a preliminary round women's hockey game at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

GANGNEUNG, Korea, Republic Of — Michelle Karvinen scored two power-play goals, and Finland beat the Olympic athletes from Russia 5-1 Thursday to finish third in the top group of women's hockey behind Canada and the United States.

Finland will play Sweden in the quarterfinals Saturday for a slot in the semifinals against the United States. Still winless, the Russians will play Switzerland with the winner advancing to a semifinal against Canada, the defending gold medallist .

Riikka Valila and Pera Nieminen each had a goal and an assist for Finland, and Minamarri Tuominen added a goal. Goaltender Noora Raty made 24 saves for her eighth career Olympic victory.

Anna Shokhina scored the Russians' first goal of this tournament at 4:50 of the third.

Karvinen opened the scoring at 17:47 of the first with a power-play goal after Lyudmila Belyakova went to the box for roughing. Karvinen gave Finland a 2-0 lead with another power-play goal 20 seconds into the second, and Valila made it a 3-0 lead with an unassisted goal at 19:08.

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