USA Hockey Falls to Canadians
USA came into the Olympic tournament with one of the youngest teams since the 1980 miracle on ice. The US wasn't even sure who would be the goalie among these NHL stars. The players were able to train together by late December to begin making plays and beginning a team chemistry. Coming into the gold medal game Canada had already been beaten by the US 5-3 in the first meeting between these two teams. The Us have been cruising through games with the teams highest scorer Zak Perise, Who along with almost all of the others want to see a gold medal hang from their chest on Sunday.
Many of the players have been trying to work out on their own with individual things. One of the main things they have been doing is strength training which is a strict lifting scheduled every day to work out every bone in the body. A very important part of the strength training is nutrition and how much calories you eat a day. Even though they say training together builds chemistry this will help the US in the end of tough games when people on the other team are tired and they aren't.
The first period in Sundays game began with an early goal for the Canadian with another at the beginning of the second to make it 2-0.” I wasn't completely nervous about the 2-0 lead with all of the great scorers on my team.” said Ryan miller of the Buffalo Sabres. The US answered right back making the game down to a one point difference. The flashing red light was silent for the rest of the second. The Canadinas in the third period they started playing more of a defensive game only shooting on good opportunities making sure they didn't lose the puck. With 1:30 left in the game the US pulled Ryan Miller to put six attackers on the ice which is usually a risky call but the US needed a goal and they needed one quick. That wish would come true for American superstar Zack Perise when a shot was fired bouncing of Phil Kesler's skate into the waiting stick of Zack Perise who tapped it in when Canadian goalie mike Luongo was off balance from the previous slap-shot.