The United States played the Czech Republic in the quarter finals of the Women’s Ice Hockey tournament. The United States finished second in Group A. They went 3-1-0 in the group stage. Their only loss was to Canada. The United States lost 4-2 to Canada in their last game. The Czech Republic finished second in Group B. Czech Republic went 2-1-1 in the group stage. The Czech Republic last 3-2 to Japan in their last game. I know this post is late. I meant to get it out sooner. I just haven’t found the time.
The Czech Republic took a penalty for an illegal hit 6 minutes into the first period. 10 minutes into the first period the United States took a penalty for roughing. With under 2 minutes to go in the first period the Czech Republic took a penalty for too many players. the score was 0-0 after the first period.
Czech Republic took a penalty for delay of game less than a minute into the second period. Czech Republic would score their only goal of the game about 5 minutes into the second period. Their lead wouldn’t last long as the USA tied the game less then a minute later. Hilary Knight scored the tying goal. Kendall Coyne Schoofield and Hannah Bramdt got the assists. The United States took a 5 minute boarding penalty 13 minutes into the second period. Both players were fighting for the puck. the Czech player turned at the last second. Their legs got tied up and the Czech player got sent into the boards. The USA player was not trying to put the Czech player into the boards. There was nothing the USA player could do. The way the Czech player turned as they were fighting for the puck would have sent her into the boards no matter what. The USA player didn’t even extend her arms to make contact with the Czech player. The Czech Republic would take a tripping penalty with less than 2 minutes to go in the second period. The score was 1-1 heading into the third period.
The United States took a penalty for high sticking 2 minutes into the second period. USA would take the lead 6 minutes into the third period. Lee Stecklein would score to give USA the lead. Kelly Pannek and Megan Keller got the assists. The United States took a penalty for slashing 14 minutes into the third period. On the powerplay Czech Republic would take a penalty for an illegal hit. The United States would score just over a minute later. Savannah Harmon made it 3-1 USA. Hanna Brandt and Hilary Knight got the assists. Czech Republic would pull their goalie with less then a minute to go. The United States would score on empty net. Kendall Coyne Schofield would get the goal. Megan Keller would get the assist. The final score was 4-1 USA.
Unfortunately the United States started this game the way they ended the Canadian game. They were getting a lot of shots. They were controlling the game. They had plenty of offensive zone time. They were not getting a lot good scoring opportunities. They have to take better shot selection. They have to stop looking for the perfect shot. They have to stop hesitating to shoot the puck. They have to take harder shots from the point. In the third period they found their footing. They are starting to play better. Those issues are still prevalent.
The United States has eliminated the Czech Republic. The United States has moved on to the Semifinals. They have a good chance to make it to the gold medal match. Their is a 90% chance that they will walk away from this tournament with a medal. Unless the United States completely collapses they will be in the gold medal match. The United States is still favorite to win gold despite their loss to Canada.
The United States will face the Finland in the Semifinals. That game will take place tonight at 5am. Winner of the game will move on to the gold medal match. The United States beat Finland 5-2 in the group stage.