History[ edit ] The Soviet and American teams[ edit ] The Soviet team's Vladislav Tretiak pictured here in was considered the best goaltender in ice hockey in The Americans scored two goals against him before he was pulled from the game at the end of the first period. The Soviet Union entered the Lake Placid games as the heavy favorite, having won the previous four ice hockey gold medals dating back to the games.
In the unusual eight-team Olympic format, all four teams from Group A will advance to the elimination round, with the two best teams from Group A earning positions in the semifinals.
The nations that finish third and fourth in Group A are slotted into quarterfinal matchups with the winner and runner-up from Group B. What we will witness Sunday, and throughout most of Group A, are competitive games between nations that have plenty of history with each other and are expected to play again in the medal round.
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ET Group A: Canada vs. Olympic Athletes from Russia a. If any other nation lost that much experience in a short span, it would be seen as a deathblow to its chances of contending for the gold medal, but Canada just reloads with a wealth of talent at its disposal.
Seven players on the woman roster are 25 years old or younger, including forward Sarah Nurse, who is the cousin of Edmonton Oilers defenseman Darnell Nurse, while nine players overall will be making their Olympic debuts.
The young group will rely on the Olympic experience of captain Marie-Philip Poulin, who has scored the gold-medal clinching goal in the past two Olympics, year-old defender Meaghan Mikkelson and goalie Shannon Szabados to get them used to the nature of the tournament, starting Sunday against the Olympic Athletes from Russia.
Those are big shoes to fill, but we have that core group here. Finland is a two-time bronze medalist at the Olympics, and it has earned third place at two of the past three World Championships. Willie J. Allen Jr.
Hiirikoski specializes at being involved in the attack, which is something she will try to do from the outset Sunday. Even though Finland has improved since Sochi, the United States is still seen as the favorite to pick up a victory, leaving the Finns with a fight to get into the top two in Group A.
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