Two of the Carolina Hurricanes’ Olympians played in the qualification games today. One will move on, while the other’s 2014 Olympic tournament is over.
Semin and Russia will move on to play Finland after defeating Norway, 4-0. Semin had two shots on goals in the game, but did not record a point.
That seems to be the script for the winger, who has only recorded an assist through four games, coming in Russia’s first game against Slovenia.
Russia has been getting along fine without Semin’s scoring, but with a tough challenge in Finland waiting for them in the next round, depth scoring will become even more important. Semin should be able to provide that.
Sekera’s Olympic campaign has ended as Slovakia lost its game to the Czech Republic today, 5-3. However, the defenseman had one of his strongest games of the tournament in the offensive category as he had two assists.
But still this tournament was not kind to Slovakia or Sekera. The team never found a groove, losing big to America in the first game and suffering a surprising loss to Slovenia in the second match.
The team had a good effort against Russia and seemed to turn a corner, but things didn’t last past that game.
The Czech Republic will play the U.S. tomorrow at noon.