The women’s ice hockey tournament at the 2022 Winter Olympics has advanced to the knockout stage and the favorites are handling their business in the early going of the quarterfinals.
The tournament featured ten teams playing in two groups with eight advancing to the knockout stage, which starts at quarterfinals. The puck drops for the gold medal game at 11:10 p.m. on Wednesday, February 16. Here’s a look at how the semifinal bracket is shaping up as the competition moves another round closer to handing out the gold.
Who has advanced to the semifinals
USA: The US beat Czechia in the quarterfinals by a score of 4-1. Czechia actually held an early lead, with Michaela Pejzlova scoring the first goal at the 24:59 mark of the second period. However, the Americans responded less than a minute later, tying the game on a Hilary Knight goal at the 25:47 mark. Neither team could find the net the rest of the quarter, but the US took control in the third period. The team scored three goals, at the 46:49, 56:51, and 59:06 marks to advance.
Canada: Team Canada crushed Sweden 11-0 to advance to the semifinals. Canada scored four goals in the first period and five in the second. Brianne Jenner and Sarah Fillier each had a hat trick in the game.
Switzerland: The Swiss beat the ROC 4-2 with a late goal putting them over the top. The two sides exchanged goals in the second period before the Swiss took a 2-1 lead at the 47:31 mark. The ROC tied it up at 56:53, only to see Alina Muller score for the the Swiss 30 seconds later. Muller added an empty-netter to secure the quarterfinal victory.
Finland: The Fins crushed Japan 7-1. Petra Nieminen put them on top 1-0 at the 2:08 mark of the first period with a power-play goal and Viivi Vainikka added another goal at the 4:32 mark. Japan got on the board 11 minutes later when Akane Shiga scored, but that was the extent of their offensive output.
USA vs. Finland, Feb 13 11:10 p.m. ET
Canada vs. Switzerland, Feb 14 8:10 a.m. ET