Sunday, February 21, 2010

Statement Game

Hockey is like a religion in Canada. Canada has some of the best players in the world, is playing in its home country in this year's Winter Olympics and is thought of as a favorite. When Canada faced off against the U.S.A. on Sunday Night, on paper, it seemed Canada was way better, but that's why you play the game. An energized American team came out firing, played great defense and silenced a massive Canadian crowd in a 5-3 victory for the Americans. While both squads were undefeated coming in, this was the stage for America to test how good they really are. With just three of their 23 players returning from the last Olympics, the Americans proved their Olympic inexperience wasn't a factor. Goalie Ryan Miller was incredible in net, making clutch save after clutch save. While he shined on defense, team USA's offense was impressive as well, with Brian Rafalski netting two goals. Even a frantic charge by Canada wasn't enough, as Ryan Kesler made a diving, one handed shot around a Canadian into the open net to seal the 5-3 victory.