SOCHI, Russia – Quinnipiac women's ice hockey forward Erica Uden Johansson's (Sundsvall, Sweden) hope for a goal medal were dashed on Monday as Team Sweden fell to Team USA, 6-1, in the Semifinals at the Olympics. Sweden will play Switzerland, which lost to Canada, 3-1, in the other Semifinal match, for the bronze medal at 7:00 a.m. (Eastern Time) Thursday on NBC Sports Network. The U.S. and Canada will play for gold on Thursday at Noon Eastern.
Entering Monday, USA had outscored every opponent not named Canada by a score of 12-1 and they certainly continued their dominance on Monday. Team USA outshot the Swedes by a staggering total of 29-1 after the first period and 70-9 for the entire three periods of play. Sweden's goalie Valentina Lizana-Wallner did her best to keep her team in it but the pressure was too much to withstand as she made 42 saves in less than two periods of action and still allowed five goals. Kim Martin Hasson entered for her late in the second and solidified the defense with 22 saves on 23 shots, including one on a Jocelyne Lamoureux penalty shot late in the third stanza.
Uden Johansson saw her most ice time of the Olympics with a total of 14:27 on Monday. She also was one of just seven players to register a shot-on-goal against the vaunted United States. Her one shot-on-net was very nearly a goal as she raced up-ice and beat former Harvard defenseman Josephine Pucci to the puck along the far boards. Uden Johansson shielded Pucci off and wrapped around the goal to fire a rocket wrist shot on U.S. goalie Jessie Vetter. The puck squirted through Vetter's five-hole but the referee blew the play dead as the puck appeared to cross over the goal line.
Sweden advanced to the semis with a 4-2 upset victory over Finland in the Quarterfinals on Saturday. The Swedes will be looking to medal for the first time since they won silver back in 2006 as they finished the 2010 Olympics in fourth place.
Currently ranked No. 6 in the world, Sweden is the lowest-ranked team still in contention for a medal as they will play the No. 5 Swiss on Thursday for the bronze. Sweden won its first two games of the Olympics (1-0 over Japan, 4-0 over Germany) before falling to Russia, 3-1, to conclude Group B play. With a 2-1 record in pool play, they earned a spot in the Quarterfinal round and defeated Finland, 4-2, to advance and play the U.S. in the semifinals.
Uden Johansson's numbers of the Olympics include 56:51 of ice time in four games with eight shots-on-goal, two penalty minutes and a -1 plus/minus rating. She has earned more ice time in three straight games with her 14-plus minutes on Monday representing her most in a game for the 2014 Olympics.
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: Russia 3, Sweden 1
- Saturday, Feb. 15, 7:30 a.m. Eastern Time: Quarterfinals - Sweden 4, Finland 2
- Monday, Feb. 17, 7:30 a.m. Eastern Time: Semifinals - USA 6, Sweden 1
- Thursday, Feb. 20, 7:00 a.m. Eastern Time: Bronze Medal Game - Sweden vs. Switzerland (TV: NBCSN)
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