Group B women’s hockey continued this afternoon from Sochi, Russia as the women’s teams started competing for spots in the quarterfinals in hopes of heading to the medal round. Team Sweden was leading the Group B standings with six points, but after Thursday’s game, Team Russia got the better of them with a 3-1 victory and advanced to the top of the standings with nine points.
One of the key problems that faced Team Sweden in the game was their lackluster offense. They were only able to get one goal past Russia’s goaltender Anna Prugova. Another reason that Sweden had such a tough time scoring against Russia on Thursday was because they spent way too much time on the penalty kill that they struggled to score any goals.
Looking at the statistics it may not seem like a lot, but in comparison to Russia, Sweden was taking too many penalties. Sweden had seven penalties throughout the game, meaning they had to go on the penalty kill seven times. They were playing shorthanded too much, and based on the outcome of the game it really cost them some potential goal scoring chances. Throughout the game Russia only had two infractions and they certainly took advantage of the amount of man advantage opportunities they saw.
Despite the loss, Sweden will still advance to the quarterfinals where they will face off against Team Finland. Team Russia will play in group 1 of the quarterfinals against Team Switzerland.
When Sweden does take on Team Finland they will have to be very careful of their discipline on the ice, because they will certainly need to find a way to come back from this loss.