If you're hoping for another "miracle on ice" in the Olympic men's hockey tournament, you'll need to re-set your alarm clock. With Sochi, Russia, 11 hours ahead of Mountain Time, many of the hockey games are being broadcast live on the NBC Sports Network way before dawn. For instance, in its first game of the tournament, the USA men's hockey team handily defeated Slovakia 7-1, but the game was broadcast at 5:30 a.m.
So here's the schedule for upcoming men's hockey games featuring Team USA and their broadcast times:
Saturday, Feb. 15, 5:30 a.m.—USA vs. Russia on NBC Sports Network
Sunday, Feb. 16, 5:30 a.m.—USA vs. Slovenia
All 12 teams in the tournament will advance to the playoff round, seeded Nos. 1 through 12 based on their preliminary round performance. The top four overall teams will earn a bye to the quarterfinal round.
Tuesday, Feb. 18, beginning at 1 a.m.—Qualification round games on NBC Sports Network
Wednesday, Feb. 19, beginning at 1 a.m.—Quarterfinal round games on NBC Sports Network, the USA Network and MSNBC
Friday, Feb. 21, beginning at 5 a.m.—Two semifinal games will be played on NBC Sports Network
Saturday, Feb. 22, 8 a.m.—Bronze medal game
Sunday, Feb. 23, 5 a.m.—Gold medal game
Meanwhile the USA women's hockey team (featuring Sun Valley's Hilary Knight) ran into their nemesis, Team Canada, on Feb. 12, losing to the Canadians 3-2. If all goes as expected, the two teams will face off again on Thursday, Feb. 20, at 9 a.m. for the Olympic title.