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Finland 6, Sweden 0

Associated Press
Sunday, February 8, 1998; 12:37 a.m. EST


 Finland/Sweden Hockey
 Finland's Kristina Fisk (10) stretches out to pass the puck after getting tripped by Sweden's Erika Holst (8)
(Kevork Djansezian/AP)
NAGANO, Japan — Johanna Ikonen scored twice and Tiia Reima and Sari Krooks each had a goal and an assist as Finland defeated Sweden 6-0 Sunday in the first Olympic women's ice hockey game.

Finland, with one of the competition's fastest and most technically skilled teams, dominated despite the Swedes' physical play, outshooting them 28-12 and steering play toward their end even while killing penalties.

Ikonen, a defenseman, made it 2-0 with a power-play slapshot at 15:17 of the first. She scored the Finns' final goal on a breakaway at 18:20 of the third.

Petra Vaarakallio scored the first Olympic women's goal 8:35 into the game, picking up a bad clearing attempt by Sweden and firing it through Annica Ahlen's pads.

Reima took Krooks' pass and faked the Swedish defense on the blue line, then skated in low to fire the puck past Ahlen to make it 3-0 early in the second. Her centering pass at 14:07 was deflected into the net by Hanna Nieminen.

Krooks carried the puck through heavy traffic to score unassisted at 15:11 of the third, making it 5-0.

The game was also officiated by women — referee Marina Zenk and linesmen Debra Parece and Evonne Young.

© Copyright 1998 The Associated Press

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