When I bought the tickets for this afternoon’s women’s hockey game, I didn’t know who would be playing as it was a “classification” game, meaning that would would be playing was determined by the standings from the preliminary games. As it turns out, today’s matchup was Team China vs. Team Switzerland.
It was a pretty entertaining game. Switzerland was pretty dominant – they owned the neutral zone and pretty much anytime a Chinese player got the puck, a Swiss one would just take it away. There was one woman on Team China, number 14, who was pretty speedy and made a few nice moves, but never managed to get the puck past the goalie. And the game was more physical than I expected – a fair amount of penalties and definitely as sense of bad blood between the two teams. Which seemed odd, but stranger things have happened!
The crowd was pretty into the game and cheered heartily whenever Switzerland scored. If China has scored, though, I’m sure the crowd would have cheered just as much! Near the end of the game the crowd was cheering “Go China Go!” We really would have liked to have seen them score, but it wasn’t to be.