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Sochi Olympic hockey tournament update: Schedule is tough for Russia, Latvia

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The Sochi Olympics 2014 schedule for men’s ice hockey tournament games has been released for the fans to review. According to ESPN on Monday, the top four seeds get an automatic bye to the quarterfinals and the rest of the teams need to win or go home. The USA hockey fans have been excited with the season so far and after the epic game with Russia, the enthusiasm of the Team USA has been riding high.

On the other hand the Russians might take one look at the schedule and realize that the team will need a serious miracle to get to the game for gold. According to the Washington Post on Sunday, the Russians need to beat three teams before reaching the final game.

There is no shortage of thrills with the Olympic hockey schedule. Offering a chance to see several teams battle on the ice, it’s become one of the biggest draws in viewership for the Olympics Games. There seems to be a universal language when it comes with the game that includes a stick and a puck and everyone wants to see the action.

In America there seems to be a very special relationship with Olympic hockey. The full roster of USA players pounding the competition there is no doubt the NHL influence helps the game, but it also brings players to the game who might not otherwise watch.

So where does that leave the Olympic hockey for the remainder of the games? Plenty of great action for fans around the world to watch.

Here is the updated Sochi Olympic hockey tournament:

Quarterfinals:

Sweden plays winner of Slovenia-Austria

USA plays winner of Czech Republic-Slovakia

Canada plays winner of Switzerland-Latvia

Finland plays winner of Russia-Norway

Semifinals:

Winner of Sweden/Slovenia-Austria vs. winner of Finland/Russia-Norway

Winner of USA/Czech Republic-Slovakia vs. winner of Canada/Switzerland-Latvia

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