There are no current NHL players at the Winter Olympics this year, but there are several players hoping to reach that level one day. The Montreal Canadiens have two of their top prospects in the tournament, and this article will update you on what Team USA’s Sean Farrell and Team Denmark goaltender Frederik Dichow have been up to.
Sean Farrell’s statistics
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Frederik Dichow’s statistics
February 11: USA vs. China
Even in Farrell’s dreams when he learned about his chance to be on Team USA’s Olympic roster, he probably didn’t have the type of performance he actually enjoyed in his first action of the tournament. He had three goals and two assists for five points versus China, currently leading the tournament in scoring.
There were some concerns that China was going to get obliterated in this tournament with a roster that was nowhere close to the level of the top teams, so this 8-0 score is a bit of a victory for them (and a sigh of relief for those who allowed the host nation to enter its team).
Head coach David Quinn was rewarded for giving his young players decent minutes, and now he has reason to trust them even more going forward in this tournament. That is good news for Farrell as he makes his mark on the international stage.
February 12: USA vs. Canada
Farrell added another point to his incredible total from the opening game when he set up Ben Meyers’s go-ahead goal in the first period. He hung back on a quick transition rush as three teammates steamed toward the goal, and was is great position to collect a loose puck from that initial chance, flinging it to Meyers in the slot.
U.S. takes the lead— CBC Olympics (@CBCOlympics) February 12, 2022
With just over a minute to play in the 1st period, Ben Meyers gives the Americans a 2-1 lead over Canada pic.twitter.com/543N10xaOc
At the time of writing, Farrell is still leading the Olympics in points, now with six. His ice time increased despite the jump in competition quality from his first game, ending with 12:34 in the contest. He didn’t have any shots on goal versus Canada, so he remains at a perfect 100% shooting efficiency heading into the game versus Germany.
February 13: USA vs. Germany
Farrell’s line didn’t have much of an offensive impact in Sunday’s ame, but he continues to get good ice time, playing 12:20 seconds of the contest. He had no shots on goal, and his line combined for two shots in the game.
The United States finished first in the prelimary round with a perfect 3-0 record and goes straight to the quarter-finals, awaiting the results of the qualification playoff to see who they will face in the playoff round
February 16: Quarter-final #1 — USA vs. Slovakia
Farrell was part of an energy line that put a lot of pressure on the Slovaks throughout the game, and he generated several chances during the contest. He made several great passes for dangerous looks, including in his minutes on the power play, but his teammates were unable to convert his feeds into goals.
He was put on the ice for one of the first shifts of the three-on-three overtime period; a big vote of confidence in his game from the coaching staff. He played a regular shift throughout the 10-minute extra frame.
He went second in the shootout, but his shot was stopped by Slovak goalie Patrik Rybar. All four of his fellow Americans were shut down by the netminder as well, so a lone goal from the opponent stood as the winner and propelled Slovakia to the semifinals.
February 12: Denmark vs. Russian Olympic Committee
The Danes started their tournament by upsetting Czechia on Day 1 with Sebastian Dahm in the crease. With another game on the third day of competition, it was Dichow’s turn to get the nod.
He played very well behind a team that was clearly outclassed and had trouble challenging the Russians in their own end. He held the opponent off the board in the first period, but just had the puck go off the lip of his glove and in as he attempted to make three great saves in quick succession in the second period.
That proved to be all the offence Russia needed as they added an empty-netter in the final seconds to seal a 2-0 win, but the game wouldn’t have been contested to the final horn without Dichow’s play in the net. He used his size to his advantage and also made some great saves with his lateral movement, fully engaged throughout the performance.
There’s now a decision to make about who gets the start in the next game after both goalies allowed just a single goal versus superior competition.
February 13: Denmark vs. Switzerland
Sebastian Dahm got the start versus the Swiss, earning a 5-3 victory. He is the clear starter as the veteran of the tandem, but Dichow proved in his start he could be counted on if needed in a pinch, and should be a mainstay in the national program oing forward.
February 15: Denmark vs. Latvia
Backed by Dahm, the Danes knocked off the Latvians to extend theur stay at their first Olympics, drawing a quarter-final matchup with the Russian Olympic Committee.
February 16: Quarter-finals — Denmark vs. ROC
Dahm once more got the call as Denmark fell to the Russians after making the final eight. They officially finish the event ranking seventh of the 12 teams that participated.