USA BEATS CANADA, 1ST TIME IN OLYMPICS HOCKEY SINCE 2010!

By Mary Cunningham

Team USA defeated Canada 4-2 in the Beijing Olympic men’s ice hockey preliminary round.

Captain Andy Miele had a goal and an assist, while goalie Strauss Mann made 35 saves for the U.S. (2-0-0), which took over first place in Group A ahead of Canada (1-1-0).

The last win for Team USA over Canada in men’s Olympic hockey was on Feb. 21, 2010, at the Vancouver Winter Games.

It was a statement win for the Americans.

While Canada brought a veteran-laden team to Beijing — their captain, Eric Staal, is a 17-year NHL veteran — the U.S. roster comprises primarily NCAA players.

Their moments of inexperience were overshadowed by their speed and tenacious forechecking against Canada.

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