Finland holds off Germany in women's classification game

Sochi, Russia ( - Backed by 20 saves from Noora Raty, Finland picked up a 2-1 win over Germany in a women's ice hockey classification game on Sunday at the Sochi Olympics.

Finland, which took bronze four years ago in Vancouver, will play for fifth place on Tuesday, with Germany having a shot at finishing seventh.

Russia and Japan, also in the classification bracket, play later on Sunday.

Jenni Hiirikoski scored just 1:15 into the contest for Finland and Michelle Karvinen made it 2-0 at the 8:32 mark. Riikka Valila assisted on both tallies, including Hiirikoski's goal that came just five seconds into a power play.

Raty made six saves in the first period and kept Germany off the board until Bettina Evers scored 8:59 into the middle frame on the power play, but Raty made the one-goal edge stand up.

Jennifer Harss took the tough-luck loss despite 25 saves.