The third day of Olympic hockey saw four teams pick up their second win of the tournament. There were two games from both Group A and Group B.
Canada 11 – Finland 1
It was another lopsided victory for Canada. It was also another game where Sarah Fillier opened the scoring for them. Team Canada started scoring and hasn’t stopped.
After the first period, Canada only led 2-1 with goals from Fillier and Sarah Nurse. Minnamari Tuominen got Finland on the board and it was looking like there may be an opportunity for a close game.
Come the second period, Canada added five more goals. Fillier and Nurse each scored again, Brianne Jenner found the net twice and Laura Stacey also scored. Finland had no answer.
The final frame saw goals from Nurse and Jenner to complete their hat tricks, as well as another from Stacey and an Olympic first for Jamie Lee Rattray.
Canada outshot Finland, 48-29 with Ann-Renee Desbiens picking up her second win of the tournament.
The Canadian team was still without Melodie Daoust but her status is currently listed as day-to-day. They are expecting to see her back at some point in the tournament.
Japan 6 – Denmark 2
Japan had six different goal scorers in their win. Hikaru Yamashita, Rui Ukita, Haruka Toko, Ayaka Toko, Akane Shiga, Haruna Yoneyama all contributed goals.
For Denmark, Mia Bau and Josefine Jakobsen scored.
Nana Fujimoto left the game in the third after Japan had all but officially secured the win. The goaltending switch seemed to be in order to give Fujimoto rest as they progress through the preliminary round.
This was a very positive win for Japan and one that they will look to build off of moving forward.
Czech Republic 3 – Sweden 1
Klara Peslarova stopped 27 of 28 shots on route to a Czech win. Tereza Vanisova (2) and Klara Hymlarova scored for the Czech Republic.
For Sweden, Emma Muren scored the lone goal in the loss. This puts Sweden at 0-2 so far in the tournament.
USA 5 – ROC 0
This was another dominant win by the United States. Alex Carpenter picked up another goal while Hilary Knight, Savannah Harmon, Grace Zumwinkle and Jesse Compher scored their first goals of the tournament.
USA only led 2-0 heading into the third period but scored three goals in five minutes, causing ROC to pull Maria Sorokina. 17-year-old, Daria Grezden replaced Sorokina for the remainder of the game. The USA outshot ROC 64-12 and Nicole Hensley had a relatively quiet night, leaving with a shutout.
ROC was unable to make anything happen as the USA had full control for the duration of the game. Even without Brianna Decker, the USA’s offence was strong, something that will be key moving forward.
Day 4 has two games on the schedule:
China vs Japan – Group B
Switzerland vs United States – Group A