Sunday’s schedule featured two more games in the qualifying round of the 2022 Olympic hockey tournament in Beijing.
Following is a recap of the day’s events and a rundown of the scores.
USA Vs China Hockey Box Score-
The United States of America annihilated Switzerland by a score of 8-0.
China wins against Japan, 2-1
USA Vs China Recap
Thanks to stellar play from Hilary Knight (two goals), Kelly Pannek (two goals, one assist), and Jesse Compher, the United States dominated Switzerland 8-0 to win its third straight game in Beijing (two goals).
There were three players who contributed two assists each: Cayla Barnes, Megan Bozek, and Jincy Dunne.
To date, the United States has a perfect 18-0 record, including victories over Finland, the Russian Olympic Committee, and Switzerland. Only Finland has ever scored a goal against the United States.
On Monday, though, the United States will face a serious test when they take on Canada in a battle for the top seed in the quarterfinals. The United States and Canada have met in the last three gold medal games, with the United States emerging victorious in 2018.
However, from 2002–2014, Canada won every single gold medal.
Similarly, China kept up its strong play in Beijing by beating Japan 2-1 in a shootout for their second straight triumph.
In the regular game, China’s Baozhen Hu scored the lone goal, while Japan’s Akane Hosoyamada scored theirs.
China’s goaltender Jiaying Zhou played a crucial role in the victory, stopping all five of Japan’s penalty shots in the deciding shootout. In the shootout, China prevailed thanks to a goal from Le Mi (also of China).
Japan won their first two games, but advanced to the knockout stage nevertheless. Meanwhile, despite Sunday’s defeat, China is still in the running for a spot in the elimination round.
Just one minute and six seconds into the third period, Farrell scored his second of the game when defenseman Steve Kampfer (Jackson, Mich.) joined the offensive push and fed him the puck from behind the China net.
Ben Meyers (Delano, Minnesota) scored his first of the night with a backhand shot to the front of the net after assisting on the opening two goals of the game. The goal was attributed to Farrell’s help.
After receiving a drop pass from Abruzzese, Matty Beniers (Hingham, Mass.) swung for a wrist stroke that beat Jieruimi on his glove side.