The 2016 IIHF Women’s World Ice Hockey Championship gets under way in Kamloops, Canada, on March 28.
Olivia Carlsson of Team Sweden scored with eight seconds left in regulation to give Sweden a 3-2 win over the newly promoted Czech Republic on Monday.
KAMLOOPS, BC – MARCH 28: Sweden's Fanny Rask #20 celebrates a second period goal against Czech Republic's Klara Peslarova #29 while Czech Republic's Samantha Kolowratova #5, Petra Herzigova #6, Aneta Ledlova #15, and Vendula Pribylova #26 look on during preliminary round action at the 2016 IIHF Ice Hockey Women's World Championship. (Photo by Matt Zambonin/HHOF-IIHF Images)
The IIHF Women’s World Ice Hockey Championship has been held annually since 1990 (except in Winter Olympic years), with the tournament being held in Canada 6 times (Kamloops will be the 7th time). Canada has never finished lower than 2nd in the 26 year history of the tournament. The teams competing in the 2016 tournament will be coming from: Canada, United States, Russia, Finland, Switzerland, Sweden, Japan and Czech Republic. The 2016 event in Kamloops will be the first time that the event has been held in British Columbia and the first tournament hosted in Canada since 2013 in Ottawa.
KAMLOOPS, BC - MARCH 28: Czech Republic's Katerina Flachsova #4 and Sweden's Maria Lindh #19 battle for the puck during preliminary round action at the 2016 IIHF Ice Hockey Women's World Championship. (Photo by Matt Zambonin/HHOF-IIHF Images)
The 8 teams are divided into two, four-team groups in the Preliminary Round. Both groups will be based in the City of Kamloops, with one group playing preliminary round games at Sandman Centre (formerly known as Interior Savings Centre) and Group B playing out of McArthur Island Sport and Event Centre. At the conclusion of the preliminary round games, the playoff round will be played at Sandman Centre, while the relegation round series will be played at McArthur Island Sport Centre.
The winners of each quarterfinal game will advance to the semi-final round. The winner of each semi-final game will move onto the Gold Medal Game, while the losers will play in the Bronze Medal Game. The 3rd and 4th place finishers in Group B will play a best-of-three Relegation Round series at McArthur Island Sport & Event Centre. The third game is only played if needed. The winner of the series plays again at the 2017 IIHF Women’s World Ice Hockey Championship, while the loser is relegated to Division I Group A.
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