The Canadian Hockey team defeated Team USA in a low scoring affair, Friday night at the Sochi Olympic games.
Just one slick goal and 60 minutes of stifling defensive hockey, the Canadians prevailed over Team USA moving them onto the Gold medal match.
Jamie Benn scored in the second period, Carey Price made 31 saves, and Canada beat the United States 1-0 Friday night in the semifinals of the Olympic men’s hockey tournament.
The respective goaltenders, Jonathan Quick for the United States and Carey Price for Canada, were in the zone. This night belonged to Canada.
Canada advanced to the gold-medal match Sunday against Sweden, which beat Finland 2-1 in the earlier semifinal at Bolshoy Ice Dome.
After its first loss in Sochi, the U.S. will face Finland for bronze on Saturday. The Americans were hoping for redemption from their gut-wrenching defeat in 2010, but they only got a businesslike reminder of Canada’s clout.
With an unbeaten run through Sochi, the Canadians are a win away from their third gold medal in four Olympics, and they’re guaranteed their first medals outside North America in 20 years.
Although it was fast-paced and well-played, this win had none of the flair of Sidney Crosby’s overtime goal to beat the U.S. four years ago. The Canadians didn’t care.
“We didn’t score a lot of goals, but we didn’t have to,” Canada forward Jonathan Toews said. “The next game will follow that work ethic. We can check, we can work our tails off, and we can make things real tough for the other team.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.