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Game Day: U.S. Women Open Olympic Slate Against Finland

By USA Hockey, 02/02/22, 8:00PM EST

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Puck drops at 8:10 a.m. ET on USA Network; streaming available through NBC Sports

The U.S. Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey Team opens its Olympic schedule Thursday against Finland in the first of four preliminary round games. Puck drop is slated for 8:10 a.m. ET (9:10 p.m. local) and will be broadcast on USA Network.

The game will also be available to stream live on Peacock (premium tier), NBCOlympics.com (with cable authentication) and NBC Sports app (with cable authentication).

THE MATCHUP

The U.S. begins Olympic play against Finland to mark a stretch of three games in four days. Team USA is 8-0-0 against Finland in the Olympic Winter Games (see game-by-game breakdown below) and the 2022 Olympics marks the third straight in which the two teams have opened Olympic play against one another. The U.S. and Finland last met in the 2021 IIHF Women's World Championship, with the U.S. winning both contests by identical 3-0 counts.

LAST TIME OUT

Team USA last took the ice on December 17 at the Centene Community Ice Center in Maryland Heights, Mo., against Canada, with Canada sneaking out a 3-2 OT victory. Kendall Coyne Schofield (Palos Heights, Ill.) and Savannah Harmon (Downers Grove, Ill.) scored for the U.S. Marie-Philip Poulin recorded the OT winner for Canada, as Nicole Hensley (Lakewood, Colo.) stopped 28 of 31 shots in net.

STARTING STRONG

Team USA is 6-0-0-0 all time in the opening game of Olympic play. The 2022 opener marks the earliest in the calendar the U.S. women have ever played an Olympic hockey game.

  • Feb. 11, 2018 - USA 3, Finland 1
  • Feb. 8, 2014 -- USA 3, Finland 1
  • Feb. 14, 2010 -- USA 12, China 1
  • Feb. 10, 2006 -- USA 6, Switzerland 0
  • Feb. 12, 2002 -- USA 10, Germany 0
  • Feb. 8, 1998 --  USA 5, China 0

DEFENDING THE GOLD

Team USA enters the Olympics as the defending gold medalists for the first time in 20 years. The U.S. topped Canada, 3-2, in a shootout to take home gold in PyeongChang in 2018. Outside the Olympics, the U.S. has won eight of the last 10 IIHF Women's World Championships.

OLYMPIC SUCCESS

The U.S. has medaled in every Olympics since the sport was added to the program in 1998. The team won gold in both 2018 and 1998, silver in 2014, 2010 and 2002, and bronze in 2006.

KNIGHT STARTS GAMES FIFTH IN U.S. OLYMPIC HISTORY IN POINTS

Forward Hilary Knight (Sun Valley, Idaho) has at least one point in each of the last four games the U.S. played heading into the Olympics. A four-time Olympian, Knight is no stranger to the big stage with 17 Olympic points (six goals, 11 assists), fifth-most in U.S. Olympic women's hockey history.

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