2 playoff spots on line in Olympic women's hockey

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 10, 2014 at 6:32 pm •  Published: February 10, 2014

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Russia has a chance to ride the hometown advantage to another victory when it plays Japan on Tuesday in Olympic women's hockey.

The Russians were spurred by a boisterous home crowd to a 4-1 win over Germany in the opener, and there was even some excitement about the game in the United States. Forward Yekaterina Pashkevich, who lives in Massachusetts, told the Olympic News Service that her boyfriend, Mark, watched the game against the Germans on TV.

"I got phone calls from my friends over there and they were telling me they were holding pajama parties while watching the game," she told ONS. "My boyfriend said his phone was blowing up with all the calls he was taking from people who were so excited about our win."

At 41, Paskevich is the oldest player ever in Olympic women's hockey.

But she's hardly the only veteran.

Canadian forward Hayley Wickenheiser has played in all five Olympics since the sport was added to the Winter Games in 1998. And Sweden goalie Kim Martin Hasson, who is expected to start against Germany on Tuesday after sitting out the opener, would be the first female goalie to have played in four Olympics.

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