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Japan made the most of a fast start to defeat China 6-1 and win its first Asian Winter Games women’s ice hockey gold medal on Saturday, ending a run of five straight runner-up finishes at the games.

The team, known as Smile Japan, had won four straight games leading leading into the gold- medal match, scoring 92 goals while conceding none, and it looked like it would be more of the same as it jumped out a 5-0 lead in the final’s first period.

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