Based on their won-lost records in the round-robin portion of the tournament, the Soviet Union entered the medal round with an accreditation of two points, Sweden and the United States (who had tied each other) one point each and Finland (which had suffered a loss to the then-unbeaten, untied Soviets) no points.
Each team receives two points for a victory and one for a tie in the medal round.
After yesterday's games, the United States has three points, the Soviet Union and Sweden two each and Finland one.
The United States beats Finland in Sunday's 11 a.m. game, the Americans win the gold medal regardless of the outcome of the Soviet-Union-Sweden match. The winner of that 7:30 p.m. game would take the silver medal. A Sweden-U.S.S.R. tie would give the silver to the Soviet Union on the basis of goal differential for the entire tournament, Sweden taking the bronze.
Finland beats the U.S., the gold would go to the winner of the later game. Finland then would get the silver and the Americans the bronze.
If Sweden and the Soviets tied, each of the four teams would have three points. It then would go entirely to point differential with the Soviets winning the gold. Sweden silver and the U.S. bronze.
The United States and Finland tie, Americans would earn the gold if the final game either ended in a tie or a Soviet victory (the U.S. having beaten the Soviets head to head). In the event of a Swedish victory, that team would take the gold from the U.S. on the basis of goal differential. The Soviets then would earn the bronze, having earlier beaten Finland.