The medal round in the 2014 Sochi Olympics for men’s hockey is set and the teams now prepare to battle for bronze, silver and gold medals.
Team USA, coming off a 3-0 performance in the preliminary round, look very strong in positioning themselves for a strong contender to top honors.
They rolled through 2 of their games with the toughest competition coming from team Russia, whom they defeated in a shootout that was highlighted by the outstanding play of goaltender Jonathan Quick and shootout heroics by T.J. Oshie.
With Quick getting plenty of time to rest after Ryan Miller started the last United States game, he will be looking to continue his heroic and acrobatic play on Wednesday. Until then, its all about practice and scouting as the American management will wait for their opponent. Phil Kessel of the Toronto Maple Leafs leads all scorers in the tournament after notching a hat trick in his last game and has certainly found a great time to go on one of his patented streaks.
The road will not be easy after the Canadians escaped team Finland yesterday in overtime. With the victory, they assured themselves of playing either Switzerland or Latvia in the quarterfinal matchup while the Americans get the tougher draw against Czech Republic or Slovakia.
The only bad news coming out of the preliminary round is that the US and Canada can not meet in the gold medal game this year. Their rivalry will have to be decided prior.
Below you can find the medal round pairings/schedule for your viewing pleasure (all times are EST).
Overall Ranking Preliminary Round:
7. Czech Republic
Qualification Playoff games Feb. 18:
Russia vs. Norway, 7:30am
Switzerland vs. Latvia, 12:00pm
Czech Republic vs. Slovakia, 12:00 pm
Slovenia vs. Austria, 3:00am
Quarterfinal games Feb. 19:
Sweden vs. winner SLO-AUT, TBD
USA vs. winner CZE-SVK, TBD
Canada vs. winner SUI-LAT, TBD
Finland vs. winner RUS-NOR, TBD
2014 Olympic Men’s Hockey Leaders