In a tough grind em out game, the USA Men’s hockey team was able to get by Switzerland today in the Olympic quarterfinal, 2-0. It was a defensive battle, as would be expected v. SUI who plays very Jacques Lemaire-y. The score was 0-0 into the 3rd period. Zach Parise scored both goals for Team USA, the first off a deflection 2 minutes into the 3rd, and an empty netter to seal it in the last minute. USA G Ryan Miller stopped all 19 shots he faced for the shutout.
Team USA will now play for a medal, which is a great showing for this squad. They get the winner of Czech Republic v. Finland in the semifinals on Friday. Win and guarantee at least silver, lose and play for bronze. I’m definitely happy with that.
CAN v. RUS has finished up in real life but I’m only in the 1st period on the DVR (a surprising 2-0 CAN lead right now BTW). FIN v. CZE is in progress, so I’ll need to watch that after this game, for “scouting” purposes. I’m hoping FIN comes through there. The USA v. Wild Finns by-line is very intriguing to me.
And don’t forget the USA women go for gold tomorrow v. Canada, 5:3o PM CST. Go USA!
Wow…make that CAN 3 RUS 0. Canada Hockey Place is bonkers.
Update: CAN v. RUS got out of hand, so through the magic of the DVR I have moved on to FIN v. CZE. I did not forsee a 7-3 CAN win. Evgeni Nabokov was not good in net for Russia. Canada has life, alot of it, and now has an excellent shot at playing for gold. All is well in the Canadian world.