Friday, February 26, 2010
US men's Ice Hockey Team on verge of Winter Games biggest upset
The United States men's ice hockey team got one step closer to gold today in dominating Finland 6-1. It was over before it even started, with the US racing out to a 2-0 lead in the first and adding four more in the period to end with a 6-0 lead. Their offense might have been a little lacking the next two periods, but with the start they had it really did not matter. Next up for the United States is the winner of the Canada/Slovakia semifinal later tonight. Personally I would like to see Canada win that one so the US has a chance to beat them again, this time for the gold in what would be a reversal of fortunes for the teams that met in 2002. (For those of you wondering, during the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, the US lost to Canada in the gold medal game). Whomever the US plays, it has the chance to pull of a minor miracle on ice itself should it win gold. You can't really compare this team to the one that won gold in 1980. In 1980 there was a greater disparity in talent between the Soviets and the US than there is between the US and Canada today. And the 2010 US team might have benefited from playing a more favorable schedule. But the fact of the matter is they are in the gold medal game, and they are the hottest team in the Winter Olympics currently. Goalie Ryan Miller has been playing lights out and the US will need him to continue that effort on Sunday to give itself a chance to stand on the top podium. Should the US win the gold, it might possibly be the perfect ending to one of the more successful games in US Winter Olympic history.