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Olympic Men’s Quarterfinal Set, Women Ready for Gold Medal Game

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Olympic Men’s Quarterfinal Set, Women Ready for Gold Medal Game

The 2022 Winter Olympic Games are more than halfway complete. Quietly taking over the airwaves on most sporting channels over the better part of the past two weeks, the team sport of Olympic hockey has not not quite reached the same audience as it would have with full National Hockey League participation.

With the NHL opting to pull its players from the career highlighting event due to concerns surrounding COVID and the recent Omicron variant and its destructive presence on the 2021-22 NHL schedule, the attention of most North Americans has not been on the national teams playing at the Olympic Games.

Sadly, the talented groups of individuals from each of the top hockey countries have not garnered the same respect that typically goes hand in hand with national team representation. But rightly so, as the world’s very best players remain in game action playing make-up contests within North American soil, far from the quadrennial international competition in Beijing, China.

Led by captain Eric Staal and forward Adam Tambellini, Team Canada trounced the host China 7-2 on Tuesday, claiming a place in the quarterfinal round of the Men’s Hockey Tournament. The Canadians will battle Sweden at 7:30 AM central time on Wednesday in one of the four games set to be played in the round.

The other matchups will see the United States facing off against Slovakia, Russia against Denmark and Finland playing Switzerland. Winners from each of the four games will advance to the semifinal round.

On the women’s side of things, Canada and the United States are set to square off in the gold medal game on Wednesday evening. Be prepared for a late-night viewing party, as a number of games between the Canadians and Americans have featured overtime periods before a winner has been determined.

With Canada having handed the USA its only loss of the 2022 Olympic Games, both teams have been dynamite on offence. Canada is favoured thanks to its perfect record and its incredible plus-46 goal differential. But having not won an Olympic gold medal since 2014, the United States has been Canada’s biggest rival. Wednesday’s game will certainly be the pinnacle of both team’s four-year journey’s to Beijing.

Carter Brooks - Associate Editor of Game On Magazine - is a news writer and sports columnist situated in Winnipeg, MB. On top of reading and writing, his favourite pastimes include camping, car-modification projects and coaching hockey. Carter can be reached at or on Twitter at @GameOnHockey.

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