Preliminary Round – Format
Twelve teams, divided into three groups of four, will have the opportunity to reach the playoff round and play for Olympic gold. Each team will play the three opponents in its group from Feb. 12 to Feb. 16.
|Group A||Group B||Group C|
Preliminary Round – Point Allocation
* 3 points for the winning team at the conclusion of regulation time
* 1 point for both teams at the conclusion of regulation time if the game is tied
* An additional point earned for the team winning the game in a five-minute overtime period, or the Game Winning Shots Procedure if the teams are still tied following conclusion of the overtime period
* 0 points for the team losing the game in regulation time