(photo courtesy the NHL)
All the shenanigans and tom-foolery at the 2014 Winter Olympic games are now over when it comes to the men’s hockey tournament. Now? It’s lose and go home.
Welcome to the medal round, folks.
This is the fifth men’s tournament of the NHL Era in the Olympics and the second under the present format. Belarus famously upset Sweden in the 2002 quarterfinals before getting stomped by Canada in the semis. And the Czechs beat the higher-seeded Slovaks in the 2006 quarters. But this isn’t a tournament where traditionally the Cinderella stories happen. But with the Russians and Swiss playing into the quarterfinals potentially, there could be some drama on Wednesday.
If the higher-seeded teams always win, which is the general trend, we’re looking at Finland/Russia and Canada/Switzerland in the quarters, and we have the potential for a Canada/USA semi-final and either a Canada/Sweden or Canada/Russia final. Lots of fun possibilities.
Here’s the schedule from here on out. Higher-seeded teams are listed first.
QUALIFICATION GAMES: TUESDAY
- 1am MT: Slovenia vs. Austria [Bolshoy Ice Dome] [CBC]
- 5:30am MT: Russia vs. Norway [Bolshoy Ice Dome] [CBC]
- 10am MT: Switzerland vs. Latvia [Bolshoy Ice Dome]
- 10am MT: Czech Republic vs. Slovakia [Shayba Arena]
One of the 10am games will be on CBC.
QUARTERFINAL GAMES: WEDNESDAY
- 1am MT: Sweden vs. Slovenia/Austria winner [Bolshoy Ice Dome] [CBC]
- 5:30am MT: Finland vs. Russia/Norway winner [Bolshoy Ice Dome] [CBC]
- 10am MT: Canada vs. Switzerland/Latvia winner [Bolshoy Ice Dome] [CBC]
- 10am MT: USA vs. Czech/Slovakia winner [Shayba Arena] [TSN2]
SEMI-FINAL GAMES: FRIDAY
- 5am MT: Sweden/Slovenia/Austria winner vs. Finland/Russia/Norway winner [Bolshoy Ice Dome] [TSN]
- 10am MT: Canada/Switzerland/Latvia winner vs. USA/Czech/Slovakia winner [Bolshoy Ice Dome] [CBC]
BRONZE MEDAL GAME: SATURDAY
- 8am MT: Semi-Final Losers [Bolshoy Ice Dome] [CBC]
GOLD MEDAL GAME: SUNDAY
- 5am MT: Semi-Final Winners [Bolshoy Ice Dome] [CBC]