Women's Hockey: Team USA Has Impressive Start To Olympics With 12-1 Win Over China

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Finland Defeats Russia 5-1 In First Round Robin Game For Each Team

Third ranked Finland took care of business against Russia with a 5-1 at UBC Thunderbird Arena. Nina Tikkinen scored both goals in the third period to cement the first win for the Finnish team in this Olympics.

Finland dominated much of the game by outshooting Russia 34-14 and after taking a handful of penalties in the first and second periods, Finland settled down and did not take any penalties in the third period. Russia was only able to capitalize on one of the powerplay opportunities while Finland scored two powerplay goals.

Finland will face off against China on Tuesday February 16th while Russia will face off against the United States on Tuesday.


Finland Leading 3-1 Over Russia After Two Periods

Goals by Marjo Voutilainen and Venla Hovi have given Finland the 3-1 advantage over Russia after two periods. Finland is showing their dominance in this game with a 25-8 advantage in shots but are still showing their lack of discipline with another three penalties in the second period. Russia has had a total of 9:06 of powerplay time in the first two periods.


Finland And Russia All Knotted Up At One At End Of First

Finland and Russia are the night cap for Day three of the Olympics. At the end of the first period, both Finland and Russia are tied at one goal a piece. Aleksandra Vafina scored for Russia at the 6:11 mark while Saija Sirvio tied the game at the 9:30 mark of the first.

Finland is outshooting the Russians 12-5, but have given the Russians four power plays, in which they capitalized on one.


United States 12, China 1: US Women Spread The Love Against China

The US Women took care of business against the Chinese as they beat them 12-1 in their first round robin game of the Olympics. Jenny Potter scored a hat trick while Meghan Duggan scored two goals and Angela Ruggerio, Kelli Stack, Lisa Chesson, Jocelyne Lamoureaux, Molly Engstrom, Natalie Darwitz, and Julie Chu all score one goal. The Chinese goal came with 2:21 left in the third period on the power play. Fengling Jin scored that goal.

The American goaltenders were the least worked on the whole ice as they had to face a total of seven shots on goal. The United States put 61 shots on net.

The next US Women’s game is Tuesday February 16th against Russia while the Chinese will face off against Finland on Tuesday.

More: SB Nation’s full coverage of the Winter Olympics and complete 2010 Winter Olympics Medal Count Tracker


US Leading 8-0 Over China In Second Period Thanks To Jenny Potter Hat Trick

The American women are taking full control in their first round robin game of the 2010 Olympic Games with a 8-0 lead over 7th ranked China in the second period. Jenny Potter completed her hat trick at the 1:18 mark of the second period while Lisa Chesson and Monique Lamoureaux each scored in the second period as well.

The Americans have been taking it to the Chinese all game with 44 total shots on goal while the Chinese have been able to muster up four. The Americans have converted on two of the four power plays the Chinese gave them while the Americans have given the Chinese two power plays


US Women Get Off To Good Start Against China; 5-0 At End Of First

The United States women’s Olympic hockey team is getting off to another dominating start with five goals in the first period. Jenny Potter has two goals while Angela Ruggerio, Kelli Stack, and Meghan Duggan each have one goal while Chinese goaltender Yao Shi has had to face 24 shots so far.

The Americans need to score more to keep pace with the Canadians from Saturday night.

More: SB Nation’s full coverage of the Winter Olympics and complete 2010 Winter Olympics Medal Count Tracker


Women's Hockey: Team USA Begins Hopeful Gold Medal Run Against China

In women's hockey, it's generally the North American countries and then there's everybody else. In 2006, USA was stunned by Sweden and had to settle for a bronze medal, yet this year there seems to be an even larger divide between the top two teams and the rest of the world.

One forgotten aspect of these Olympic games is how this is the one time every four years that women's hockey from around the world actually get's a good amount of attention. IIHF.com has a great story about the European and Asian countries are not only having to deal with two dominating teams but also the uncomfortable attention they are now getting.

The Olympic women’s hockey tournament is another story. Media representatives from all over the world are already in Vancouver, because of men’s hockey and other winter sports played in the city. They just have to hop on a bus to watch a game. The TV cameras are also here and national broadcasters are showing women’s hockey as they would normally not do if it wasn’t Olympic time.

For the players it is their unique chance they have every four years to present their sport to the public, to present themselves and to draw attention to their skills. It is a unique opportunity for the sport as a whole that started off internationally with the IIHF World Women’s Championship in 1990 and the inclusion of women’s hockey as an Olympic sport for the 1998 Nagano Olympics.

Team Canada started off their tournament with a 18-0 thumping of Slovakia, a domination that the score does even begin to describe. Today, the U.S. women will start their journey against China in what should be just as easy a contest.

It's a mixture of veteran experience and youthful speed and talent for the Americans, with Jenny Potter leading the way. The team ranges in age from 31 to 20, and includes twins Monique and Jocelyn Lamoureux.

United States vs China, 3:00 p.m. EST (CNBC) - UBC Thunderbird Arena

Finland vs Russia, 7:30 p.m. EST (CNBC) - UBC Thunderbird Arena

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