Monday was a memorable day for the five former and current University of Maine women’s ice hockey players who are playing in the Winter Olympics in Beijing.
Four of them faced off against each other.
Former Black Bear Michelle Weis scored a goal as she and current UMaine player Amalie Andersen helped Denmark earn its first-ever Olympic ice hockey victory 3-2 over ex-Black Bears Tereza Vanisova and Vendula Pribylova and their Czech Republic team.
Despite that loss, Vanisova and Pribylova and their teammates have advanced to the quarterfinals, thanks to Sweden’s 2-1 victory over China.
Denmark will also advance if it beats Sweden in regulation on Tuesday.
This is the first Olympic appearance by the Czech women as well as the Danes.
In addition to scoring a goal, Weis also logged a noteworthy 23 minutes and 6 seconds of ice time, third most on her team. Andersen didn’t register a point but played 17 minutes.
Vanisova had an assist for the Czechs and led her team in ice time with 22:38. UMaine’s all-time leading career scorer has now registered a point in all three games in the Olympics with two goals and two assists.
Pribylova didn’t dent the scoresheet but played 13:56.
The top three teams in Group B will join the five Group A countries in the quarterfinals.
Teams receive three points for a regulation win, two for an overtime or shootout win and one for an overtime or shootout loss.
Japan currently leads Group B with seven points and a 2-0-1 record, thanks to wins against Sweden and Denmark and a shootout loss to China.
The Czech Republic is in second place in Group B and is 2-1 with six points.
China completed all four of its round robin games with five points and currently sits in third.
But there’s still much to be determined.
Japan and the Czech Republic are both guaranteed to advance to the quarterfinals, but the Czech Republic can still win Group B by defeating Japan on Tuesday.
Denmark has to defeat Sweden in regulation for a chance to finish in the top three teams in Group B. Denmark and Sweden are both 1-2 with three points, and a regulation victory would give either team six points and knock the Chinese out of contention.
Denmark could finish as high as second if it defeats Sweden in regulation and the Czech Republic loses to Japan. That would push the Czechs down to third.
In Group A action, current Black Bear Rahel Enzler and her Swiss team picked up its first win on Monday, 3-2 over Finland.
Enzler didn’t register a point but logged 15:58 of ice time.
The Swiss finished pool play at 1-3 and will face Finland, the Russian Olympic Committee or the Group B winner in the quarterfinals.
ROC and Finland will play on Tuesday.
The Group B winner will be the sixth seed, and the second and third-place finishers in B will be the seventh and eighth seeds and will play either the United States or Canada in the quarterfinals.