SOCHI – The preliminary round of the 2014 Sochi Olympic hockey tournament is in its final day. Much, however, remains at stake.
The seeding for the qualification playoffs and the order of the four byes into the quarterfinal round will be decided by the results of the four games Sunday, when the schedules for Group A and Group B are completed.
In the early game, Austria beat Norway 3-1 in the battle for third place in Group B. In the afternoon games, Russia plays Slovakia and the United States plays Slovenia to close out Group A. The Americans, the Russians and even the Slovenians can finish atop the group.
In the final preliminary-round game, Canada and Finland play to determine the Group B winner and, perhaps, the No. 1 seed.