After Beating Slovenia 5-1 on Sunday, Team USA stamped their ticket to the Quarterfinals by winning Group A and earning the #2 rank. Canada edged out Finland in OT on Sunday but missed out on the #1 seed and surprisingly finishing as the #3 seed. The top seed went to the dynamic and well-balanced Swedes and the 4th seed was claimed by Finland.
In Wednesday’s Quarterfinals the US will face the winner of the Slovakia/Czech Republic while Canada will face the winner of Switzerland/Latvia.
With the US seeded at 2 and Canada seeded at 3, both teams are primed to square-off in the Semifinals if they win their respective Quarterfinal match-ups on Wednesday. This was something the US wanted to avoid as, despite the #3 seeding, Canada is regarded as the best team in these 2014 Olympics. Facing Team Canada early could result in an early exit with only a shot at the Bronze medal as consolation.
On the other side of the bracket, #5 ranked Russia is tasked with conquering the Great Wall of Scandinavia if they wish to advance to the gold medal round. Russia will face Norway, Finland, and Sweden respectively, which is no small task (especially Sweden)
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Qualification Playoff Schedule
Tuesday February 18th
Austria vs Slovenia
2:00 am CST NBCSN
Winner faces Sweden in Quarter Finals
Russia vs Norway
6:30 am CST USA Network
Winner faces Finland in Quarterfinals
Czech Republic vs Slovakia
11:00 am CST NBCSN
Winner faces USA in Quarterfinals
Switzerland vs Latvia
11:00 am CST MSNBC
Winner faces Canada in Quarterfinals
Quarterfinals begin Wednesday February 19th.
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