Germany beats Japan for 7th place

Sochi, Russia (SportsNetwork.com) - Viona Harrer made 27 saves and Germany secured seventh place in the Olympic women's hockey tournament with a 3-2 win over Japan on Tuesday.

Susann Gotz, Julia Zorn and Sara Seiler scored for Germany, which failed to improve on its fifth-place finish in 2006, the last time its women's team made the Olympics.

Hanae Kubo and Haruna Yoneyama scored for Japan. The Japanese team went 0-5 in its first Olympic appearance since the home 1998 Nagano Games.

Germany's only two victories both came against Japan.

The Germans took a 1-0 lead midway through the first period on Gotz's tip-in on a loose puck in the crease. The goal came on a power play, but Japan tied the score less than five minutes later on Kubo's rebound.

Zorn gave Germany the lead for good on another power play goal early in the second period, scoring on a slap shot from the point.

Seiler's rebound made it 3-1 with 4:11 remaining in the second and Yoneyama scored 2:56 into the third to make it a one-goal game.