When two hockey rivals competed for gold in front of a packed crowd at the 1980 Herb Brooks Arena on Sunday, the men’s hockey game between the United States and Canada instantly became a classic.
That was not the case when the Canadian men overcame the United States by a score of 7-2 to claim their first FISU World University Winter Olympics medal since 2013. The victory also consolidated tried a perfect 7-0 record for Canada at the Olympics.
“We scored a goal and it was a gold medal,” said Canadian striker Matthew Struthers. “To get there with this band…I’ve never been closer to a band in two weeks.”
The United States excels in every way and it shows right away. Canada took the lead when Austen Keating saved Justin Bergeron’s shot in the seventh minute of the game.
With a 2-0 lead in the second half, Canada scored consecutive goals from Bollers and Zachary Lavigne within two minutes of each other as halftime approached. through the period. The Bollers’ goal, which turned out to be the winner of the game, came from a strike from Timothy Shea, while Lavigne took in Emmett Powell’s shot. With 11 seconds remaining, Canadian Adam McCormick scored his team’s fifth goal of the game with a power play.
After the United States conceded a penalty for cutting the ball, Canada used power play to extend the lead and Brett Davis scored after a wrist strike from a side-facing position. left.
USA head coach Mark Taylor said: “You can’t take penalties and although some of the penalties were accidental, it killed us. “Moreover, when you’re down… it’s hard to go back.”
Canada finished it, scoring a play-off with two goals in the third inning. The first goal came from Stuthers and Tyler Hylland.
“I just cashed out,” Struthers said. “It doesn’t really mean much. I’m just happy to have a gold medal.” Adrian College’s Sam Ruffin scored his first goal for the United States on a 5v3 penalty late in the second half. The goal was set up by Emmett Powell, who stole the ball in the neutral area before breaking a 2v1 fight with Ruffin.
“We came here and we wanted to do something special,” Taylor said. “We wanted to make a statement for our team and show that we can compete at this level. Ending with money definitely shows it. “For me, as a Northerner, I wanted to make sure we made it to Lake Placid,” he added. “I want to make sure we’re into this game and I definitely want to make sure we win it, but the Canadian team has one thing that they also want to be sure of and that’s winning.”
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