Olympics: Japan’s group skip out on ice hockey berth with Latvia loss

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17:49 3 Sep 2016

RIGA, Sept. 3, Kyodo

Japan’s men’s ice hockey group missed out on a place in a 2018 Pyongchang Olympics on Friday after losing 3-1 to Latvia for a second true better in a final qualifiers.

Japan, ranked 21st in a world, went 2-0 down early in a third duration and nonetheless Shuhei Kuji pulled scored dual mins from time, 12th-ranked Latvia scored in a failing mins to sign a outcome. Japan had been looking for a initial Olympic berth given it hosted a 1998 Nagano Olympics.

“We were means to attack, creation many of a gait we have, though couldn’t take a chances. Scoring is a issue,” Kuji said. “The waves would have altered had we scored (the opener).”

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