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Japanese men defeat Austria in penalty shoot-out

(Big Hat, Nagano City)
<13,14> 12:00 JPN 3-3(PS 3-2) AUT
<11,12> 16:00 ITA 1-5 FRA
< 9,10> 20:00 SVK 2-4 GER

< 9,10> GER 4-2 SVK

Results and summaries of the men's ice hockey 9th-10th placement game played Thursday in the 18th Olympic Winter Games at Big Hat, Nagano:


Slovakia 1 1 0--2

Germany 0 1 3--4

1st period - Slovakia, J. Dano, 17:51

2nd period - Germany, P. Draisaitl, 21:30

Slovakia, J. Pardavy, 38:03

3rd period - Germany, J. Benda, 42:51

Germany, J. Benda, 46:59

Germany, M. Luedemann, 49:58

<11,12> Bozon leads France over Italy in men's hockey

Phillipe Bozon scored a hat trick and added an assist Thursday to lead France 5-1 over Italy in a placement determination game in the men's ice hockey tournament of the Nagano Olympic Winter Games.

Bozon, who played four seasons in the North American National Hockey League (NHL) with the St. Louis Blues, scored a goal in the first period and added two more in the third.

With Lucio Topatigh off for roughing at 14:55, France made it 5-1 when Serge Poudrier lifted a lazy wrist shot toward the Italian goal. Lawrence Rucchin deflected it into his own net when he attempted to knock it down.

Playing with a two-man advantage, Italy got on the scoreboard at 13:21 of the third when Gaetano Orlando, parked at the side of the net, scored on a pass from Christopher Bartolone.

Christopher Bartolone went off for tripping at 9:35 and France went up 4-0 as Arnaud Briand deflected in a pass from Bozon.

Bozon scored his third goal at 7:31 of the third period, taking a lead pass at center ice and skating in all alone beating Italian goalkeeper Christopher Huet high on the stick side to make it 3-0.

France went up 2-0 at 56 seconds of the third period on Bozon's second goal of the game. Bozon split the Italian defense and fired a wrist shot past the Italian goalkeeper.

France got on the scoreboard at 9:39 of the first period when Bozon tallied for his first goal of the game.

With the victory, France finished the hockey tournament in 11th place while Italy placed 12th.

<13,14> Japanese men defeat Austria in penalty shoot-out

Shin Yahata slipped the puck past Austrian goalie Reinhard Divis on the eighth shot of a shoot-out Thursday to give Japan its only win of the Nagano Olympics men's ice hockey tournament.

The win, after two losses and a draw in the preliminary round, lifts Japan into 13th place in the Nagano tourney while Austria, with a loss and two draws in the preliminaries, is assigned to 14th.

''Before the game today we told the team that this was our gold medal game and I think we came up with a gold medal performance,'' said Dave King, the general manager of the Japanese team.

The placement match at the Big Hat ice arena ended in a 3-3 tie in regulation after the puck bounced off an Austrian defender into Austria's net 6:35 into the third period. Tsutsumi Otomo was credited with the goal.

Both teams dueled for 10 minutes in a scoreless overtime period and were 1-1 after the first round of penalty shots. In the second round, Yahata got the puck past Divis to give Japan its first Olympic ice hockey victory since the 1976 winter games in Innsbruck.

''We've been preparing for a shoot-out for a long time and have been watching the players all year long to see who would be good in that situation. I guess our preparation paid off,'' said Bjorn Kinding, the coach of the Japanese team.

Japan battled back throughout the game, equalizing 2-2 at 8:34 of the second period when Akihito Sugisawa flipped a high wrist shot over the glove of Divis on a power play after Gerhard Puschnik was sent off at 7:40 of the second period for tripping.

Japan nearly gave the game away in the third period when Hiroyuki Miura was sent off for tripping at 2:45 and Austria's Dominik Lavoie beat Japanese goalie Dusty Imoo low on the stick side with a hard blast putting Austria up 3-2. (Kyodo News)

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