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2010 Winter Olympics

Dan Springer

Seattle, WA


U.S. Men’s Hockey Will Play for Medal

February 24, 2010 - 6:20 PM | by: Dan Springer

The U.S. men’s hockey team beat Switzerland Wednesday 2-0 and will play for an Olympic medal. If they win their next game Friday, they will play for gold.  Goalie Ryan Miller pitched a shutout and Zach Parise scored both goals for Team U.S.A.

Miller, who stopped all 19 shots he faced, is clearly the most important American player on the ice. He almost single-handedly beat Team Canada in a huge upset Sunday.

And that U.S. victory over Canada has apparently tweaked many northern neighbors. The crowd at the game Wednesday was clearly rooting for the Swiss.  There were many Americans in the stands, but they were outnumbered by the hockey-crazed Canadians who cheered every save by Switzerland’s goalie Jonas Miller.

And there were many. Hiller was busy facing 44 shots as Team U.S.A. had chance after chance turned away. The U.S. also got a couple bad breaks. An apparent goal at the end of the second period was ruled to have crossed the line just fractions of a second after time expired. And a third period goal was waved off by a high sticking penalty call.

But Zach Parsie finally scored a goal that would stick in the third period then added an empty netter with less than a minute remaining.

Team U.S.A. was not picked to be much of a threat to win a medal considering the strength of the teams from Canada, Russia, Sweden and the Czech Republic. But thanks to the upset of Canada, the U.S. received a buy and perhaps more importantly got on the side of the bracket that did not have the most powerful teams.

In fact, either Russia or Canada will be eliminated tonight as they square off in a quarterfinal match that many anticipated would be the gold medal game.

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