Ice hockey at the 1998 Winter Olympics – Women's tournament

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Ice hockey at the 1998 Winter Olympics
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Tournament
men  women
Qualification
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Rosters
men  women

The 1998 Olympic women's ice hockey tournament was the first year that featured women in ice hockey competition. It was greatly anticipated that the women's gold medal match would feature Canada versus the United States. Canada was favored to come out on top as they had won all the competitions in previous years in women's hockey, with the United States perpetually finishing second, while no other national teams could match their level of play. However, the United States beat Canada in the final and became the first country to win gold in women's ice hockey at the Olympics.

There were no qualification tournaments, the host Japan played alongside the top five nations at the previous season's world championships.

Women's ice hockey
at the XVIII Olympic Winter Games
Medalists
Gold medal 
Silver medal 
Bronze medal 

First round[edit]

The First 4 teams (shaded green) advanced to medal round games.

Team GP W L T GF GA Pts
 United States 5 5 0 0 33 7 10
 Canada 5 4 1 0 28 12 8
 Finland 5 3 2 0 27 10 6
 China 5 2 3 0 10 15 4
 Sweden 5 1 4 0 10 21 2
 Japan 5 0 5 0 2 45 0
8 February
Sweden  0 – 6  Finland Aqua Wing (2,208)
First period Ref: Canada Marina Zenk
P. Vaarakallio (S. Huotari) 8:35
J. Ikonen (M. Selin) (pp) 15:17
Second period
T. Reima (S. Fisk) 2:35
R. Nieminen (T. Reima) 14:07
Third period
S. Krooks 15:11
J. Ikonen 18:20
Game stats
8 February
Canada  13 – 0  Japan Aqua Wing (4,597)
First period Ref: United States Victoria Renfer-Kale
D. Goyette (H. Wickenheiser) 5:46
G. Heaney 15:42
J. Diduck (S. Wilson, C. Campbell) 17:05
Second period
D. Goyette (S. Wilson, T. Brisson) 4:23
T. Brisson (H. Wickenheiser) 8:12
C. Campbell (J. Diduck) 11:22
S. Wilson (D. Goyette) 15:43
B. Kellar (V. Sunohara) 16:14
H. Wickenheiser (S. Wilson) (pp) 18:08
Third period
J. Diduck (C. Campbell) 13:52
F. St-Louis (G. Heaney, B. Kellar) (pp) 15:26
D. Goyette 16:21
F. Smith (F. St-Louis) (pp) 18:06
Game stats
8 February
China  0 – 5  United States Aqua Wing (3,255)
First period Ref: Canada Laurie Taylor-Boulton
C. Granato (G. Ulion, J. Schmidgall) (pp) 7:39
K. Bye (T. Mounsey) (pp) 19:17
Second period
T. Mounsey (K. King) 14:53
Third period
J. Schmidgall (K. Bye) 11:05
C. Granato (K. King) 16:20
Game stats
9 February
Finland  11 – 1  Japan Aqua Wing (4,972)
First period Ref: Canada Laurie Taylor-Boulton
S. Lankosaari (K. Riipi, S. Krooks) 3:54
K. Riipi (S. Lankosaari) 18:45
Second period
T. Reima (S. Fisk, K. Hänninen) 7:22
K. Hänninen (pp) 13:29
K. Hänninen (R. Nieminen, J. Ikonen) (pp) 18:23
Third period
K. Rantamäki 5:43
Hatanaka A. (Fujiwara S., Yoshimi N.) (pp) 8:28
R. Nieminen (K. Lehto) 9:06
S. Krooks 9:52
K. Hänninen (R. Nieminen) (pp) 10:42
K. Lehto (R. Nieminen) 12:55
R. Nieminen (S. Fisk, M. Lehtimäki) 14:40
Game stats
9 February
United States  7 – 1  Sweden Aqua Wing (3,607)
First period Ref: Finland Manuela Groeger
P. Morelius (T. Sjölander, E. Holst) (pp) 10:02
L. Baker (S. Merz) 16:27
Second period
K. Bye (S. Merz, T. Mounsey) (pp) 12:39
K. King (A. Blahoski) 14:36
S. Merz 16:20
K. Bye (sh) 18:39
Third period
G. Ulion (C. Granato) (pp) 14:28
S. Looney (sh) 15:30
Game stats
9 February
Canada  2 – 0  China Aqua Wing (2,713)
First period Ref: Switzerland Sandra Dombrowski
no scoring
Second period
D. Goyette (H. Wickenheiser) 4:38
V. Sunohara (G. Heaney) (pp) 15:38
Third period
no scoring
Game stats
11 February
Sweden  3 – 5  Canada Aqua Wing (5,429)
First period Ref: United States Victoria Renfer-Kale
D. Goyette 9:30
K. Nystrom (N. Drolet) 10:06
Second period
N. Drolet (B. Kellar) (pp) 6:23
M. Rooth (L. Almblad) 8:38
T. Brisson (sh) 15:05
P. Burholm (E. Holst) (pp) 18:11
Third period
D. Goyette (H. Wickenheiser, S. Wilson) 0:34
T. Månsson (T. Sjölander) 2:11
Game stats
11 February
Japan  1 – 6  China Aqua Wing (5,863)
First period Ref: Finland Manuela Groeger
no scoring
Second period
Yang X. (Li X., Liu H.) 12:21
Guo W. (Yang Q.) 12:35
Zhang L. (Lu Y.) 13:45
Third period
Sato M. (Obikawa M.) (pp) 2:25
Guo W. (Gong M.) (pp) 6:31
Sang H. (Xu L.) 12:24
Guo W. (Liu H.) 15:19
Game stats
11 February
United States  4 – 2  Finland Aqua Wing (3,688)
First period Ref: Canada Marina Zenk
V. Movsessian (K. King) 2:48
K. Hänninen (K. Lehto, R. Nieminen) (pp) 18:09
Second period
K. Bye (J. Schmidgall) 1:22
R. Nieminen (sh) 5:27
T. Mounsey (K. Bye, S. Merz) (pp) 6:49
G. Ulion (K. Bye) 16:56
Third period
no scoring
Game stats
12 February
China  3 – 1  Sweden Aqua Wing (3,670)
First period Ref: Canada Marina Zenk
no scoring
Second period
T. Sjölander (L. Almblad) 11:10
Third period
Zhang L. (Yang X., Liu H.) 6:42
Liu H. (Wang W.) 10:38
Yang X. (Zhang L., Guo W.) 18:08
Game stats
12 February
United States  10 – 0  Japan Aqua Wing (5,015)
First period Ref: Canada Laurie Taylor-Boulton
S. Looney 3:55
A. Mleczko (S. Merz) 9:08
S. Whyte (C. Granato) 13:32
S. Looney (G. Ulion, J. Schmidgall) (pp) 14:14
A. Mleczko (L. Brown-Miller, S. Looney) 14:36
Second period
K. King (L. Baker, C. Bailey) 9:18
K. King (A. Blahoski, L. Baker) 19:34
Third period
L. Baker (C. Granato) (pp) 5:37
K. Bye (T. Mounsey, G. Ulion) (pp) 11:46
K. King (L. Baker) 13:03
Game stats
12 February
Finland  2 – 4  Canada Aqua Wing (3,133)
First period Ref: Switzerland Sandra Dombrowski
T. Brisson (V. Sunohara) (pp) 12:45
G. Heaney (N. Drolet) (pp) 16:50
Second period
T. Brisson (F. St-Louis) 8:53
P. Vaarakallio (S. Fisk) 13:25
D. Goyette (G. Heaney, J. Diduck) 16:26
Third period
K. Rantamäki (P. Vaarakallio) 13:32
Game stats
14 February
Japan  0 – 5  Sweden Aqua Wing (6,009)
First period Ref: Switzerland Sandra Dombrowski
G. Andersson (pp) 10:58
E. Holst (J. Elfsberg) 18:33
Second period
M. Gustafsson (Å. Elfving) 5:34
M. Rooth (G. Andersson, E. Holst) (pp) 11:15
Third period
E. Holst (M. Rooth) 19:18
Game stats
14 February
Finland  6 – 1  China Aqua Wing (5,638)
First period Ref: United States Victoria Renfer-Kale
J. Ikonen 1:08
M. Lehtimäki (K. Hänninen) 9:56
Second period
S. Fisk (M. Lehtimäki) 4:37
Liu H. (Wang W.) 4:50
R. Nieminen (sh) 7:57
Third period
M. Lehtimäki (K. Hänninen) 4:20
R. Nieminen 17:09
Game stats
14 February
Canada  4 – 7  United States Aqua Wing (5,872)
First period Ref: Finland Manuela Groeger
L. Dupuis (V. Sunohara) (pp) 3:01
C. Granato (pp) 19:20
Second period
no scoring
Third period
L. Dupuis (T. Brisson) (pp) 1:24
J. Hefford (L. Dupuis) (pp) 5:28
T. Brisson (S. Wilson, H. Wickenheiser) (pp) 5:53
L. Baker (K. King) 7:05
C. Granato (G. Ulion, T. Mounsey) (pp) 10:57
J. Schmidgall (C. Granato) (pp) 12:25
T. Dunn (A. Mleczko) 12:48
L. Brown-Miller (A. Mleczko) 17:06
L. Baker (en) 18:58
Game stats

Final Round[edit]

Bronze medal game[edit]

17 February
Finland  3 4 – 1  China Big Hat (7,412)
First period Ref: Canada Laurie Taylor-Boulton
Yang X. 9:27
Second period
S. Fisk (R. Nieminen, K. Lehto) 3:07
J. Ikonen (P. Vaarakallio, K. Rantamäki) 7:08
S. Lankosaari (K. Riipi, S. Krooks) 10:15
Third period
R. Nieminen (M. Lehtimäki) (en) 19:52
Game stats

Gold medal game[edit]

17 February
1United States  3 – 1  Canada2 Big Hat (8,626)
First period Ref: Canada Marina Zenk
no scoring
Second period
G. Ulion (S. Whyte, S. Merz) (pp) 2:38
Third period
S. Looney (S. Whyte, G. Ulion) (pp) 10:57
D. Goyette (H. Wickenheiser, G. Heaney) (pp) 15:59
S. Whyte (en) 19:52
Game stats

Medal-winning rosters[edit]

Gold: Silver: Bronze:
 United States (USA)

Chris Bailey
Laurie Baker
Alana Blahoski
Lisa Brown-Miller
Karyn Bye
Colleen Coyne
Sara Decosta
Tricia Dunn
Cammi Granato-C
Katie King
Shelley Looney
Sue Merz
Allison Mleczko
Tara Mounsey
Vicki Movsessian
Angela Ruggiero
Jenny Potter
Sarah Tueting
Gretchen Ulion
Sandra Whyte

 Canada (CAN)

Jennifer Botterill
Thérèse Brisson
Cassie Campbell
Judy Diduck
Nancy Drolet
Lori Dupuis
Danielle Goyette
Geraldine Heaney
Jayna Hefford
Becky Kellar
Kathy McCormack
Karen Nystrom
Lesley Reddon
Manon Rhéaume
France St-Louis
Laura Schuler
Fiona Smith
Vicky Sunohara
Hayley Wickenheiser
Stacy Wilson-C

 Finland (FIN)

Sari Fisk
Kirsi Hänninen
Satu Huotari
Marianne Ihalainen
Johanna Ikonen
Sari Krooks
Emma Laaksonen
Sanna Lankosaari
Katja Lehto
Marika Lehtimäki
Riikka Nieminen
Marja-Helena Pälvilä
Tuula Puputti
Karoliina Rantamäki
Tiia Reima
Katja Riipi
Päivi Salo
Maria Selin
Liisa-Maria Sneck
Petra Vaarakallio

Final rankings[edit]

Rk. Team Notes
 United States Qualified for the 1999 World Championships
 Canada Qualified for the 1999 World Championships
 Finland Qualified for the 1999 World Championships
4.  China Qualified for the 1999 World Championships
5.  Sweden Qualified for the 1999 World Championships
6.  Japan Qualified for the 1999 World Championship Pool B

References[edit]