China News Service, Beijing, February 6th (Wang Hao) On the evening of the 5th, the women's ice hockey group match of the Beijing Winter Olympics ushered in a focus game, the US team in Group A played against the Russian Olympic Committee team.
In the game, the US team occupied an absolute advantage on the offensive end, and finally defeated the Russian Olympic Committee team 5-0.
In this Winter Olympics, the women's ice hockey competition group A is composed of Canada, the United States, the Russian Olympic Committee, Finland and Switzerland.
The U.S. women's ice hockey team is the defending champion of the Winter Olympics. Since 2012, the U.S. women's ice hockey team has won nearly every gold medal at the World Championships in the past 10 years.
In this competition, they are still the favorites to win the championship. In the previous group stage, the US team defeated the Finland team 5:2, showing their strong strength.
The Russian Olympic Committee team is also very strong, and there are many bright spots in the performance of the World Series in recent years.
They beat Finland at the 2016 World Championships to win a bronze medal and finished fourth at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics.
In the first group match of the Beijing Winter Olympics, the Russian Olympic Committee team defeated Switzerland 5:2 and got a good start.
Each ice hockey game consists of 3 quarters of 20 minutes each, and the watch will be stopped when the game is interrupted.
In the first quarter of the game, the US team seized the opportunity in front of the goal and scored a goal.
In the second quarter, the U.S. team continued its fierce offensive. Although the goalkeeper of the Russian Olympic Committee managed to resolve the danger many times, the U.S. team scored another goal in this quarter to expand the score.
In the last quarter of the game, the US team was unstoppable and scored three more goals to lock the final score at 5:0.
The U.S. team won the group stage of the Beijing Winter Olympics for two consecutive victories, while the Russian Olympic Committee team lost the first time.
Despite the disparity in the score, the confrontation between the two teams on the field was very fierce, and the atmosphere was tense several times.
After the game, Team USA player Abby Murphy said in an interview: "I like to bring a gritty side to the team. I think it's good for a team to be tougher."
After this game, all teams in Group A have finished two games.
Canada ranked first in Group A with two wins and 21 goal difference, the United States ranked second because of the disadvantage of goal difference, the Russian Olympic Committee ranked third with one win and one loss, while Finland and Switzerland both lost two. 4th and 5th in the group.
Judging from the strength shown by the teams in the current group stage, Canada and the United States are still the strongest contenders for the women's ice hockey championship, but Canada's performance is even stronger, winning both group matches by a large margin.
Judging from past records, although the U.S. team defeated Canada in the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics to prevent its opponent from winning five consecutive championships, due to the impact of the epidemic and the suspension of the Canadian Women's Ice Hockey League, the strength of the U.S. women's ice hockey in recent years has not been Significant progress has been made.
In the 2021 Women's World Ice Hockey Championships, the U.S. team was doubled by Canada.
On February 8, the U.S. team and Canada team will play in what is considered to be a preview of the women's ice hockey final at the Beijing Winter Olympics.