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Five For Friday: Ice Hockey

By Paul D. Bowker | Nov. 10, 2017, 12:01 a.m. (ET)

Emily Pfalzer celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against Canada at Agganis Arena on Oct. 25, 2017 in Boston.


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It is a part of the Time is Now Tour for the U.S. women’s national team. 

Team USA faces Sweden in its final round-robin game Friday night (6:30 p.m. ET) in Florida Hospital Center Ice in Wesley Chapel. The championship and third-place games are Sunday in Tampa.

The U.S. got off to a strong start in the tournament with an 8-2 victory over Finland on Tuesday and a 4-2 win over longtime rival Canada on Wednesday. Emily Pfalzer scored three goals in the Finland game, and Cayla Barnes, Megan Bozek, Kendall Coyne and Alex Carpenter each scored against Canada.

Twelve members of the silver-medal-winning 2014 Olympic team, including Coyne, Bozek and Carpenter, are on the squad.

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“The score is really a reflection of the team’s commitment,” coach Robb Stauber said after the win over Canada.

Also this week, the U.S. Men’s National Select Team is in Augsburg, Germany, to face teams from three other nations in the Deutschland Cup.

The U.S. opens tourney play Friday against Slovakia, then faces Russia on Saturday and host Germany on Sunday. Four of the players on the team helped the U.S. win the 2013 Deutschland Cup: Chad Kolarik, Dylan Reese, Dan Sexton and Ryan Zapolski.

Brian Gionta, a 2006 Olympian, is team captain.

With no NHL players taking part in the Olympics for the first time since 1994, USA Hockey officials have indicated that much of the 2018 Olympic team will come from the Deutschland Cup roster. In addition, college players and players on American Hockey League contracts are eligible for the team.

Paul D. Bowker is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.