IIHF president Rene Fasel said he hopes implementing a three-point system for women's games might help eliminate the need to rely on goal differential to break ties in the preliminary standings in Vancouver.
The goal differential is seen as the main catalyst to top teams like Canada and, to a lesser extent, the U.S. piling up on weaker opponents during the first part of the tournament.
Fasel also said host teams will now have to rank in the top 10 in the world, or qualify through established international tournaments, to play in the Olympic tournament.
Host Italy ranks 16th in the world and was outscored 32-1 in three games.
-- Scott Burnside