SOCHI, Russia – Quinnipiac women's ice hockey forward Erica Uden Johansson (Sundsvall, Sweden) faced Team Germany as a member of Team Sweden on Tuesday and helped lead her team to a 4-0 victory over Germany. Sweden picked up their second straight victory in Group B pool play, having defeated Japan 1-0 on Sunday. With Russia's 2-1 victory over Japan on Tuesday, Sweden and Russia are both guaranteed advancement into the Quarterfinal stage but not before they square off on Thursday at 12:00 p.m. Eastern in a game televised on MSNBC.
Uden Johansson saw 9:37 of ice time and didn't record a shot on-goal but still helped in securing Sweden's second straight shutout as the Swedes and Team Canada are the only squads in the Olympics to have not allowed a goal in competition. Sweden's Emma Nordin scored just one minute into the game while goalie Kim Martin Hasson became the first women's goalie to play in four Olympics as she made 21 saves in her shutout for Sweden. Having advanced to the Quarterfinal stage, Sweden will be taking on either Finland or Switzerland once the playoffs begin on Saturday.
Sweden is currently ranked No. 6 in the world in women's hockey. Uden Johansson helped lead the team to a fourth place finish in the 2010 Olympics while the Swedes also are the only country to have beaten one of the women's hockey superpowers, the United States and Canada, in Olympic competition. Sweden shocked the United States, 3-2, in the Semifinals in Turin in 2006, overcoming significant odds to claim the silver medal.
The Olympic women's ice hockey competition wrapped up their opening round games today and will continue competition until Feb. 20. The eight-team tournament starts with teams competing in groups of four. Sweden is in "Group B" with No. 4 Russia, No. 7 Germany and No. 10 Japan. After three games of round-robin play, the top two teams in Group B advance to the quarterfinals (Feb. 15) where they will take on the third and fourth place finishers in Group A (No. 1 USA, No. 2 Canada, No. 3 Finland, No. 5 Switzerland). The top two teams in Group A advance directly to the semifinals (Feb. 17).
The winners of those two quarterfinal games advance to the semifinals on Feb. 17, while the four teams not in the semis compete in the classification round for spots five through eight. Classification games take place on Feb. 16 and Feb. 18.
The gold medal game and the bronze medal game are on Feb. 20 at Bolshoy Ice Dome.
Uden Johansson has a wealth of international experience having played for Sweden in two International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Women's World Championships (2009, 2012) as well as her appearance in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. She has led Team Sweden to a pair of fourth place finishes (2009 World Championships, 2010 Olympics) and a fifth place result (2012 World Championships). Throughout her three-plus stints with Team Sweden, Uden Johansson has posted six points (three goals, three assists).
Sweden Women's Ice Hockey Schedule
- Sunday, Feb. 9, 3:30 a.m. Eastern Time: Sweden 1, Japan 0
- Tuesday, Feb. 11, 5:00 a.m. Eastern Time: Sweden 4, Germany 0
- Thursday, Feb. 13, 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time: Sweden vs. Russia (TV: MSNBC)
- Saturday, Feb. 15, TBA: Quarterfinals (TV: NBCSN)
- Sunday, Feb. 16, TBA: First Classification Round (5 through 8)
- Monday, Feb. 17, TBA: Semifinals (TV: NBCSN)
- Tuesday, Feb. 18, TBA: Second Classification Round (5/6, 7/8)
- Thursday, Feb. 20, TBA: Bronze Medal Game (TV: NBCSN) or Gold Medal Game (TV: NBC)
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