Olympic Update

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The 14 players from Big Ten schools taking part in the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, made a very significant impact in the tournament's opening round, which concluded Sunday.

Former Minnesota standout Phil Kessel leads all players in the event with seven points (four goals, three assists), including a hat trick in Sunday's 5-1 win for the United States over Slovenia. Skating on a line with Kessel, former Badger Joe Pavelski is tied for fourth overall with three assists through three games. Former Buckeye Ryan Kesler has also tallied multiple points, registering a goal and an assist for the U.S. Also recording points for the United States were Ryan McDonagh (Wisconsin) with a goal and both Blake Wheeler (Minnesota) and Max Pacioretty (Michigan) with an assist each while Ryan Miller (Michigan State) claimed a victory in his lone start.

The United States finished first in Group A, earning the No. 2 seed for the playoff round. The U.S. will face either the Czech Republic or Slovakia in quarterfinal action on Wednesday.

Sweden claimed the No. 1 seed in the playoff round after posting a perfect record in Group C. Former Michigan player Carl Hagelin logged six shots and nearly 26 total minutes of ice time in the opening three games. Sweden will face the winner of Tuesday's game between Slovenia and Austria, which was led in assists by former Wolverine Brian Lebler (two assists). Former Gopher Thomas Vanek notched one assist in group play for Austria.

Earning the No. 3 seed after winning Group B was Canada, which was led in minutes by former Michigan State standout Duncan Keith (21:00 per game). Keith also picked up an assist and ranks second on the team with a plus/minus rating of +4. Canada will face either Switzerland or Latvia on Wednesday.

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