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Team ROC embarks on 2022 Olympics ice hockey journey with 1-0 win over Switzerland

The ice hockey team to play against Denmark on February 11 and the Czech Republic on February 12

BEIJING, February 9. /TASS/. Players of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) ice hockey team defeated 1-0 the national squad from Switzerland on Wednesday at the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in China.

The only goal was scored by Russia’s Anton Slepyshev. He netted the puck only seconds shy of the opening period’s buzzer.

The ice hockey competition at the 2022 Olympics in Beijing runs between February 9 and 20. The team of Russian ice hockey players was seeded in Group B along with the squads from Switzerland, the Czech Republic and Denmark.

"We did a lot of things right but, obviously, we didn’t score," Patrick Fischer, the head coach of the Swiss team, was quoted as saying by the IIHF (the International Ice Hockey Federation) website as saying after the match. "Russia is a fast, strong, physical team and our defense held up well and our goalie was stopping the pucks."

The ROC team’s coaching staff lined up today Ivan Fedotov, from KHL club CSKA Moscow, to goaltend for the national side at the Olympic opener against Switzerland. The rookie managed to finish the match with a clean sheet making a shut-out with 33 saves.

"Everyone was playing to win and today luck was on our side," Fedotov said after the game. "But we can’t rely on luck alone. We saw a lot of shots off the posts, lots of dangerous moments. In the second period that had a good spell and fired in some great shots. Only the crossbar saved me."

The team of Russian ice hockey players earned 3 points in their Group B stage competition after today’s win over Switzerland, who chalked up zero points. The next match of the reigning Olympics team is slated for Friday against Denmark.

Team ROC (the Russian Olympic Committee) had been scheduled to play its Group B matches against Switzerland on February 9, Denmark on February 11, and against the Czech Republic on February 12.

The 2022 Winter Olympic Games in the Chinese capital of Beijing are being held between February 4 and 20. During the 128th IOC session in Kuala Lumpur on July 31, 2015, Beijing was chosen to host the 2022 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games making the Chinese capital the first city ever to host both the Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games (in 2008) as well as the Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games (in 2022).

At the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Korea’s PyeongChang, the Russian national ice hockey team played under the status of Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR) and eventually won the Olympic gold defeating Germany 4-3 in sudden death overtime in the final match.

Russian athletes at Beijing-2022

Due to international sanctions against Russian sports, athletes from Russia are competing in the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing under the flag and logo of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) instead of the Russian national flag and state emblem.

The national anthem of Russia is also under sanctions at the Olympics in China. The First Piano Concerto by Pyotr Tchaikovsky was selected to be played at awarding ceremonies for Russian Olympians in Beijing.