Ice hockey at the 2018 Winter Olympics – Women's tournament

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2018 Winter Olympics
Ice hockey pictogram.svg
Tournament details
Host country South Korea
Dates10–22 February
Teams8
Venue(s)2 (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions Gold medal blank.svg United States (2nd title)
Runner-up Silver medal blank.svg Canada
Third place Bronze medal blank.svg Finland
Fourth place Olympic Athletes from Russia
Tournament statistics
Matches played22
Goals scored109 (4.95 per match)
Attendance85,565 (3,889 per match)
Scoring leader(s)Switzerland Alina Müller
(10 points)
MVPCanada Mélodie Daoust
2014
2022

The women's tournament in ice hockey at the 2018 Winter Olympics was held in Gangneung, South Korea between 10 and 22 February 2018.[1] Eight countries qualified for the tournament; five of them did so automatically by virtue of their ranking by the International Ice Hockey Federation, one, South Korea, automatically qualified as hosts, while the two others took part in a qualification tournament.[2] Under a special agreement with the IOC and the IIHF, twelve North Korean players joined the host team to form a united team.[3] They were allowed to have an expanded roster of 35 where 22 players dress for each game. Three North Korean players were selected for each game by coach Sarah Murray.[4]

The United States winning the gold medal game against Canada marks the first time in 20 years that the United States took home a gold medal in women's hockey. They previously won in 1998 in Nagano, Japan, which was also against Canada.[5] Canada's loss ended their winning streak of four consecutive winter games, having won since 2002.[6]

Qualification[edit]

Canada and the United States assured themselves of top four ranking after the 2016 Women's Ice Hockey World Championships by the end of the 2015 Championships and qualified for the A group.

Finland, Russia, and Sweden qualified by their ranking after the 2016 Championships.

South Korea qualified as the host team. The remaining two teams qualified from qualification tournaments.

Qualified teams[edit]

Event Date Location Vacancies Qualified
Hosts 19 September 2014[7] Spain Tenerife 1  South Korea[a]
2016 IIHF World Ranking[b] 7 December 2012 –
10 April 2016
Canada Kamloops[c] 5  United States
 Canada
 Finland
 Russia[d]
 Sweden
Final qualification tournament 9–12 February 2017 Switzerland Arosa 1   Switzerland
Final qualification tournament 9–12 February 2017 Japan Tomakomai 1  Japan
TOTAL 8
Notes
  1. a A unified Korean team consisting of players from both North Korea and South Korea will compete, after talks in Panmunjom on 17 January 2018.[8]
  2. b The 2016 IIHF World Ranking includes the following events: 2013 World Championship, 2014 Winter Olympic Games, 2014 World Championship, 2015 World Championship and 2016 World Championship
  3. c Kamloops was the site for 2016 IIHF Women's World Championship; at the conclusion of the tournament the ranking was finalized with regard to the qualification slots.
  4. d In December 2017, the IOC suspended Russia from competing at the Winter Olympics as part of its sanctions following state-sponsored doping scandal. Russian athletes deemed clean were permitted to compete as Olympic Athletes from Russia.[9]

Format[edit]

The top four teams based on the 2016 IIHF World Ranking, the United States, Canada, Finland and Olympic Athletes from Russia, compete in Group A, while the remaining four teams compete in Group B. The top two teams in Group A received a bye to the semifinals. In the quarterfinals, the third placed team in Group A played the second place team in Group B, while the fourth placed team in Group A played the first place team in Group B. The winners advanced to the semifinals, while the two losers, and the third and fourth placed teams in Group B, competed in a classification bracket for places five through eight.

Rosters[edit]

Match officials[edit]

10 referees and 9 linesmen were selected for the tournament.[10]

Preliminary round[edit]

All times are local (UTC+9).

Group A[edit]

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Canada 3 3 0 0 0 11 2 +9 9 Semifinals
2  United States 3 2 0 0 1 9 3 +6 6
3  Finland 3 1 0 0 2 7 8 −1 3 Quarterfinals
4 Olympic Athletes from Russia 3 0 0 0 3 1 15 −14 0
Source: IIHF
11 February 2018
16:40
Finland 1–3
(1–0, 0–2, 0–1)
 United StatesKwandong Hockey Centre, Gangneung
Attendance: 4,032
11 February 2018
21:10
Canada 5–0
(0–0, 3–0, 2–0)
Olympic Athletes from RussiaKwandong Hockey Centre, Gangneung
Attendance: 3,912

13 February 2018
16:40
Canada 4–1
(2–0, 2–0, 0–1)
 FinlandKwandong Hockey Centre, Gangneung
Attendance: 3,879
13 February 2018
21:10
United States 5–0
(1–0, 3–0, 1–0)
Olympic Athletes from RussiaKwandong Hockey Centre, Gangneung
Attendance: 3,797

15 February 2018
12:10
United States 1–2
(0–0, 0–2, 1–0)
 CanadaKwandong Hockey Centre, Gangneung
Attendance: 3,885
15 February 2018
16:40
Olympic Athletes from Russia 1–5
(0–1, 0–2, 1–2)
 FinlandKwandong Hockey Centre, Gangneung
Attendance: 3,353

Group B[edit]

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Switzerland 3 3 0 0 0 13 2 +11 9 Quarterfinals
2  Sweden 3 2 0 0 1 11 3 +8 6
3  Japan 3 1 0 0 2 6 6 0 3 Classification
4  Korea (H) 3 0 0 0 3 1 20 −19 0
Source: IIHF
(H) Host.
10 February 2018
16:40
Japan 1–2
(0–1, 1–0, 0–1)
 SwedenKwandong Hockey Centre, Gangneung
Attendance: 3,762
10 February 2018
21:10
Switzerland  8–0
(3–0, 3–0, 2–0)
 KoreaKwandong Hockey Centre, Gangneung
Attendance: 3,606

12 February 2018
16:40
Switzerland  3–1
(0–0, 2–0, 1–1)
 JapanKwandong Hockey Centre, Gangneung
Attendance: 4,033
12 February 2018
21:10
Sweden 8–0
(4–0, 1–0, 3–0)
 KoreaKwandong Hockey Centre, Gangneung
Attendance: 4,244

14 February 2018
12:10
Sweden 1–2
(0–0, 0–1, 1–1)
  SwitzerlandKwandong Hockey Centre, Gangneung
Attendance: 3,545
14 February 2018
16:40
Korea 1–4
(0–2, 1–0, 0–2)
 JapanKwandong Hockey Centre, Gangneung
Attendance: 4,110

Playoff round[edit]

Bracket[edit]

 
QuarterfinalsSemifinalsFinal
 
          
 
 
 
 
19 February
 
 
 Canada5
 
17 February
 
Olympic Athletes from Russia0
 
Olympic Athletes from Russia6
 
22 February
 
  Switzerland2
 
 Canada2
 
 
 United States (GWS)3
 
 
19 February
 
 
 United States5
 
17 February
 
 Finland0 Bronze medal game
 
 Finland7
 
21 February
 
 Sweden2
 
 Finland3
 
 
Olympic Athletes from Russia2
 
Fifth place bracket
 
5–8th place semifinalsFifth place game
 
      
 
18 February
 
 
  Switzerland2
 
20 February
 
 Korea0
 
  Switzerland1
 
18 February
 
 Japan0
 
 Sweden1
 
 
 Japan (OT)2
 
Seventh place game
 
 
20 February
 
 
 Sweden6
 
 
 Korea1

Quarterfinals[edit]

The top two teams in Group A received byes and were deemed the home team in the semifinals as they were seeded to advance.

17 February 2018
12:10
Olympic Athletes from Russia 6–2
(1–0, 2–2, 3–0)
  SwitzerlandKwandong Hockey Centre, Gangneung
Attendance: 3,903
17 February 2018
16:40
Finland 7–2
(3–0, 2–2, 2–0)
 SwedenKwandong Hockey Centre, Gangneung
Attendance: 3,803

5–8th place semifinals[edit]

18 February 2018
12:10
Switzerland  2–0
(1–0, 1–0, 0–0)
 KoreaKwandong Hockey Centre, Gangneung
Attendance: 3,811
18 February 2018
16:40
Sweden 1–2 OT
(0–0, 1–1, 0–0)
(OT: 0–1)
 JapanKwandong Hockey Centre, Gangneung
Attendance: 3,554

Semifinals[edit]

19 February 2018
13:10
United States 5−0
(2−0, 2−0, 1−0)
 FinlandGangneung Hockey Centre, Gangneung
Attendance: 5,173
19 February 2018
21:10
Canada 5–0
(1–0, 1–0, 3–0)
Olympic Athletes from RussiaGangneung Hockey Centre, Gangneung
Attendance: 3,396

Seventh place game[edit]

20 February 2018
12:10
Sweden 6–1
(2–1, 1–0, 3–0)
 KoreaKwandong Hockey Centre, Gangneung
Attendance: 4,125

Fifth place game[edit]

20 February 2018
16:40
Switzerland  1–0
(1–0, 0–0, 0–0)
 JapanKwandong Hockey Centre, Gangneung
Attendance: 3,958

Bronze medal game[edit]

21 February 2018
16:40
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Finland 3–2
(1–0, 2–1, 0–1)
Olympic Athletes from RussiaKwandong Hockey Centre, Gangneung
Attendance: 3,217

Gold medal game[edit]

22 February 2018
13:10
2nd, silver medalist(s) Canada 2–3 GWS
(0–1, 2–0, 0–1)
(OT: 0–0)
(SO: 0–1)
 United States 1st, gold medalist(s)Gangneung Hockey Centre, Gangneung
Attendance: 4,467

Final ranking[edit]

Pos Grp Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts
1st, gold medalist(s) A  United States 5 3 1 0 1 17 5 +12 11
2nd, silver medalist(s) A  Canada 5 4 0 1 0 18 5 +13 13
3rd, bronze medalist(s) A  Finland 6 3 0 0 3 17 17 0 9
4 A Olympic Athletes from Russia 6 1 0 0 5 9 25 −16 3
5 B   Switzerland 6 5 0 0 1 18 8 +10 15
6 B  Japan 5 1 1 0 3 8 8 0 5
7 B  Sweden 6 3 0 1 2 20 13 +7 10
8 B  Korea (H) 5 0 0 0 5 2 28 −26 0
Source: IIHF.com
(H) Host.

Statistics[edit]

Scoring leaders[edit]

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

Player GP G A Pts +/− PIM POS
Switzerland Alina Müller 6 7 3 10 +5 4 F
Switzerland Christine Meier 6 0 8 8 +4 0 D
Canada Mélodie Daoust 5 3 4 7 +7 2 F
Canada Marie-Philip Poulin 5 3 3 6 +5 8 F
Switzerland Lara Stalder 6 3 3 6 +3 4 F
Finland Michelle Karvinen 6 3 3 6 –1 2 F
Sweden Fanny Rask 6 2 4 6 +4 0 F
United States Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson 5 4 1 5 +3 0 F
Finland Riikka Välilä 6 4 1 5 –2 0 F
Canada Rebecca Johnston 5 3 2 5 +2 2 F
United States Dani Cameranesi 5 3 2 5 +1 0 F

GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/− = Plus/Minus; PIM = Penalties in Minutes; POS = Position
Source: IIHF.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 GAA SA Sv% SO
Canada Shannon Szabados 200:00 4 1.20 79 94.94 1
United States Maddie Rooney 258:56 5 1.16 92 94.57 1
Sweden Sara Grahn 262:14 8 1.83 145 94.48 1
Switzerland Florence Schelling 298:19 7 1.41 120 94.17 2
Japan Nana Fujimoto 236:30 7 1.78 87 91.95 0

TOI = Time on Ice (minutes:seconds); SA = Shots Against; GA = Goals Against; GAA = Goals Against Average; Sv% = Save Percentage; SO = Shutouts
Source: IIHF.com

Awards[edit]

Source: IIHF.com

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pyeongchang 2018 schedule". Pyeongchang2018.com. Retrieved 14 September 2017.
  2. ^ "2018 Olympic qualification format set". IIHF.com. Retrieved 21 March 2015.
  3. ^ "Unity deal brings together North and South Korea in Pyeongchang". CBC.ca. Retrieved 20 January 2018.
  4. ^ "Together on the ice". IIHF.com. Retrieved 20 January 2018.
  5. ^ Rodus, Karyn (22 February 2018). "US women's hockey team finally gets gold in dramatic final against rival Canada". ABC News. Retrieved 22 February 2018.
  6. ^ "U.S. women end Canada's streak to win hockey gold in shootout at 2018 Winter Olympics". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2018-02-22.
  7. ^ "Korea headed to the Olympics". IIHF.com. Retrieved 21 March 2015.
  8. ^ [1]
  9. ^ "IOC suspends Russian NOC and creates a path for clean individual athletes to compete in Pyeongchang 2018 under the Olympic Flag" (Press release). International Olympic Committee. 5 December 2017. Retrieved 5 December 2017.
  10. ^ On-Ice Officials
  11. ^ "Daoust named MVP". IIHF. 22 February 2018.

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