USA Hockey on Track to Meet Canada in the Olympic Semifinals


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)

Watch Online/Live Stream

Not near a TV? Watch Olympic hockey online at

http://stream.nbcsports.com/nbc/?pid=10037

Or if you are on the go check out the NBC Sports Live Extra App:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/nbc-sports-live-extra/id542511686?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

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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