The tournament is played with vertically aligned groups, meaning that the top-five seeded teams play in Group A and move on to the quarter-finals, while the five teams below play in Group B with the best three teams advancing as teams seeded sixth, seventh and eighth.
In Group A in Herning, Canada and the United States will battle for first and second place on Tuesday night. Earlier Finland and Switzerland will go head-to-head to determine third and fourth place in the group. Japan is winless and will finish the group in fifth place and play the fourth-ranked team in the quarter-finals (Switzerland or Finland).
In Group B in Frederikshavn, Czechia and Sweden gained enough points to qualify for the final round before they will meet on Tuesday afternoon. Czechia needs a win against Sweden or at least a tie after 60 minutes to claim first place in the group. The first-ranked team will be seeded sixth and play the third-ranked team of Group A (Finland or Switzerland). The second-ranked team of Group B will be seeded seventh and meet the second-ranked team of Group A (Canada or USA). To move up to first place, Sweden needs to beat Czechia in regulation time.
While the preliminary round is over for Hungary with four points from as many games, host Denmark has its fate in its own hands. They just need a point against Germany. A win will make them third same as a tie after regulation time. In that case the Danes would play the Group A winner (USA or Canada) on Thursday night in Herning. If Denmark loses in regulation time, they will drop to last place and be relegated.
Germany is currently last and can’t make the quarter-finals anymore but with a regulation-time win in the neighbouring rivalry against Denmark they can avoid relegation and send the Danes down. The Germans may have almost all the arena against them, but just almost. A win in regulation time against Denmark would also keep Hungary in third place. This scenario is Hungary’s only hope to make the quarter-finals while the Magyars are safe from relegation. France won the 2022 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship Division I Group A and will be the promoted team.
A1 vs. B3
A2 vs. B2
A3 vs. B1
A4 vs. A5
Quarter-Final Times on 1 September
QF1 12:00 Herning
QF2 16:00 Herning
QF3 17:30 Frederikshavn
QF4 20:00 Herning
Who will play where on Thursday? The quarter-final assignments will be made on Tuesday night after the last game and be published on IIHF.com. Tickets to the games can be purchased online.
The quarter-final winners will advance to the semi-finals (3 Sep.) and the medal games (4 Sep.). On the same days the quarter-final losers will play placement games to determine the fifth-place team of the championship.