The time for small adjustments and excuses have come and gone. The preliminary round of the 2014 Winter Olympics men’s ice hockey tournament have come and gone, and we’re now through to the qualification round. For Slovenia and Austria and the rest of the squads taking part in this play-in portion of the tourney, it’s winner-goes-on, lose-goes home.
Slovenia is riding high after securing their first ever Olympic victory, and they could very well advance to the quarterfinal over an Austrian team that only features two NHL players.
That doesn’t mean that this is a game that either team will be able to take lightly though. A victory for either squad would be a huge honor, and would seem them through to a tough quaterfinal matchup against one of the top-four teams in the tournament.
The Austrians have been a tougher out than anyone expected so far in these Winter Games. Michael Grabner has been one of the top players in the tournament, and Slovenia will need to pay close attention to an opportunistic offense that can turn mistakes into goals quickly.
Here’s how to catch the game.
Date: February 18
Start Time: 3:00 A.M. ET
Location: Sochi, Russia
TV Info: NBCSN
Live Stream: NBC Live Extra
For more Olympics coverage, check out FanSided.com.