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

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1998 Winter Olympics
Ice hockey pictogram.svg
Tournament details
Host country Japan
Dates8–17 February
Teams6
Venue(s)(in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions Gold medal blank.svg United States (1st title)
Runner-up Silver medal blank.svg Canada
Third place Bronze medal blank.svg Finland
Fourth place China
Tournament statistics
Matches played17
Goals scored119 (7 per match)
Attendance81,707 (4,806 per match)
Scoring leader(s)Finland Riikka Nieminen
(12 points)
2002

The 1998 Olympic women's ice hockey tournament was the first year that featured women in ice hockey competition.[1] 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.[2]

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

Preliminary round[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  United States 5 5 0 0 33 7 +26 10 Gold medal game
2  Canada 5 4 0 1 28 12 +16 8
3  Finland 5 3 0 2 27 10 +17 6 Bronze medal game
4  China 5 2 0 3 10 15 −5 4
5  Sweden 5 1 0 4 10 21 −11 2
6  Japan (H) 5 0 0 5 2 45 −43 0
Source:[citation needed]
(H) Host.

All times are local (UTC+9).

8 February 1998
12:00
Sweden 0–6
(0–2, 0–2, 0–2)
 FinlandAqua Wing Arena
Attendance: 2,208
8 February 1998
16:00
Canada 13–0
(3–0, 6–0, 4–0)
 JapanAqua Wing Arena
Attendance: 4,597
8 February 1998
20:00
China 0–5
(0–2, 0–1, 0–2)
 United StatesAqua Wing Arena
Attendance: 3,255

9 February 1998
12:00
Finland 11–1
(2–0, 3–0, 6–1)
 JapanAqua Wing Arena
Attendance: 4,972
9 February 1998
16:00
United States 7–1
(1–1, 4–0, 2–0)
 SwedenAqua Wing Arena
Attendance: 3,607
9 February 1998
20:00
Canada 2–0
(0–0, 2–0, 0–0)
 ChinaAqua Wing Arena
Attendance: 2,713

11 February 1998
12:00
Sweden 3–5
(0–2, 2–2, 1–1)
 CanadaAqua Wing Arena
Attendance: 5,429
11 February 1998
16:00
Japan 1–6
(0–0, 0–3, 1–3)
 ChinaAqua Wing Arena
Attendance: 5,863
11 February 1998
20:00
United States 4–2
(1–1, 3–1, 0–0)
 FinlandAqua Wing Arena
Attendance: 3,688

12 February 1998
12:00
China 3–1
(0–0, 0–1, 3–0)
 SwedenAqua Wing Arena
Attendance: 3,670
12 February 1998
16:00
United States 10–0
(5–0, 2–0, 3–0)
 JapanAqua Wing Arena
Attendance: 5,015
12 February 1998
20:00
Finland 2–4
(0–2, 1–2, 1–0)
 CanadaAqua Wing Arena
Attendance: 3,133

14 February 1998
12:00
Japan 0–5
(0–2, 0–2, 0–1)
 SwedenAqua Wing Arena
Attendance: 6,009
14 February 1998
16:00
Finland 6–1
(2–0, 2–1, 2–0)
 ChinaAqua Wing Arena
Attendance: 5,638
14 February 1998
20:00
Canada 4–7
(1–1, 0–0, 3–6)
 United StatesAqua Wing Arena
Attendance: 5,872

Final round[edit]

Bronze medal game[edit]

17 February 1998
14:00
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Finland 4–1
(0–1, 3–0, 1–0)
 ChinaBig Hat
Attendance: 7,412

Gold medal game[edit]

17 February 1998
18:00
1st, gold medalist(s) United States 3–1
(0–0, 1–0, 2–1)
 Canada 2nd, silver medalist(s)Big Hat
Attendance: 8,626

Final rankings[edit]

Rank Team
1st, gold medalist(s)  United States
2nd, silver medalist(s)  Canada
3rd, bronze medalist(s)  Finland
4  China
5  Sweden
6  Japan

Statistics[edit]

Scoring leaders[edit]

List shows the top ten skaters sorted by points, then goals.

Player GP G A Pts +/− PIM POS
Finland Riikka Nieminen 6 7 5 12 +14 4 F
Canada Danielle Goyette 6 8 1 9 +10 10 F
United States Karyn Bye 6 5 3 8 +4 4 F
United States Cammi Granato 6 4 4 8 +2 0 F
United States Katie King 6 4 4 8 +10 2 F
United States Gretchen Ulion 6 3 5 8 3 4 F
Canada Hayley Wickenheiser 6 2 6 8 +7 4 F
Canada Thérèse Brisson 6 5 2 7 +5 6 D
United States Laurie Baker 6 4 3 7 +10 6 F
Finland Kirsi Hänninen 6 4 3 7 +13 6 D

GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/− = Plus-minus; PIM = Penalties in Minutes; POS = Position
Source: eurohockey.com

Leading goaltenders[edit]

Only the top five goaltenders, based on save percentage, who have played at least 40% of their team's minutes, are included in this list.

Player TOI GA SA Sv% SO
United States Sarah Tueting 210 4 64 93.75 1
Canada Manon Rhéaume 208 4 54 92.59 1
Sweden Charlotte Göthesson 120 5 53 90.57 1
Finland Tuula Puputti 271 7 67 89.55 1
China Guo Hong 350 16 150 89.33 0

TOI = Time on Ice (minutes); GA = Goals Against; SA = Shots Against; Sv% = Save Percentage; SO = Shutouts

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ice Hockey | Ice Hockey – Move over boys". BBC News. 1998-02-13. Retrieved 2016-10-27.
  2. ^ Grogan, Maura (2014-02-14). "Olympic OK crucial for growth". Espn.com. Retrieved 2016-10-27.

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