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Three Olympic spots come down to final day of qualifying

After the first few days of competition, the three final Olympic qualification spots will come down to a trio of games on Sunday morning.

Group D

Slovakia leads this group with a 2-0-0 record. If Slovakia beats Belarus in any form – regulation (3 points) or overtime (2 points), they’re in.

If Belarus beats Slovakia in regulation (and Poland doesn’t beat Austria in regulation), they and Belarus will finish with identical 2-1-0 records and it’ll come down to their head-to-head record. Belarus would win that tiebreaker and advance to the Olympics.

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If Belarus beats Slovakia in regulation AND Poland beats Austria in regulation, then there’s a three-way tie between Slovakia, Belarus and Austria for points and head-to-head records. Then it’ll come down to head-to-head goal differential, which goes to Slovakia unless Belarus beats Slovakia by three goals or more.

(Adam Ruzicka will play for Slovakia, while Ilya Solovyov will play for Belarus.)

Group E

This one’s pretty simple. Latvia and France have both won their first two games. Whoever wins their game on Sunday advances to the Olympics.

Group F

Another simple one: Denmark and Norway have both won their first two games. Whoever wins their game on Sunday advances to the Olympics.

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