Backed by four-time Olympic goaltender Kim Martin Hasson and a consistent, yet diverse goal scoring team, it wasn’t too surprising that Team Sweden’s women’s ice hockey team crushed Team Germany in Group B play on Tuesday in Sochi.
Playing in the bottom-tier of the ice hockey competition, Team Sweden will be fighting to stay at the top of Group B so they have a chance to defeat a Group A team during the quarterfinals. They have a lot more games ahead of them in the next few weeks, but they are already off to a great start. It’s only two games into the competition, and they are not giving their opponents any chances. On Tuesday, they proved that by demolishing Team Germany in a 4-0 shutout decision.
Sweden played well while being backed by Hasson in net. She made 21 saves in the game, but the team’s success came down to the fact that all four of their goals were scored by four different players on the team. That means that not only were they able to outsmart Germany’s netminder Jennifer Harss quite a few times, but that it wasn’t just one player pulling the whole team.
Having a high-scoring game and to see that multiple players were lighting the lamp is always a good sign. Team Sweden had that on Tuesday, and having a variety of players racking up points is going to be key for them as they continue to play in Group B. With a 2-0 record early, Team Sweden is on the right path. As for Team Germany, the second loss they faced on Tuesday may be enough to keep them out of the medal competition in this year’s games.