(Updated) It may as well be a three-day weekend in Canada. Shoeless Joe’s in Burlington and countless other bars across the country were packed by noon today to see Canada beat the U.S. for the second time in as many days.
“A battle on the end boards, they’re running out of time on the boards, Canada wins the battle, Canada wins.”
Sweet relief. Canadian fans rejoice after our men’s team defeated the U.S. 1-0 to move on to the gold medal game.
“Canada was in control almost the whole game. The U.S. scared us in the first period, but we did it in the end.”
“Nice to see the ladies from yesterday, and today is even better. I look forward to the gold medal game on Sunday.”
Earlier in the day, you couldn’t find a seat at Shoeless Joe’s, or any other bar in town, and you couldn’t look away as Canada’s men tried to do what our women did yesterday.
“As long as they play like girls, we’ll be alright.”
Canada and the U.S. traded chances through the first making for a lot of nervous faces; but early in the second, the tension was broken. The game’s only goal came in the 2nd off the stick of Jamie Benn who redirects the Jay Bouwmeester pass past Jonathan Quick.
Then it was time to hang on, with fans showing a mix of nerves, and confidence.
“How nervous are you right now?”
“Words can’t even describe how nervous I am right now, but you know what the ladies did their job, now it’s our turn to do ours.”
“So are you nervous?”
“I think Carey Price is playing real square to the puck, and I don’t think he’s unbeatable tonight.”
And unbeatable he was as the Canadian goaltender shut out the high-flying American offence.
“I told ya, was I nervous last time you interviewed me?”
“We just gotta go out and get the gold medal on Sunday morning.”
Standing in the way of that gold medal is Team Sweden who beat Finland in another tight game today, 2-1. The Swedes are ranked first overall in the tournament right now, but I’m sure if you ask both teams, Canada is the favorite heading into Sunday.
A reminder, that game is at 7 am and many bars like Shoeless Joe’s in Burlington will be open. Just call ahead to reserve a table.
In Sochi, tickets were going for as much as $1,100, and you never get the full value of your seat: most of the time you’re either sitting on the edge of it or standing. Today was no different as these two rivals battled to another close finish inside Bolshoy Arena.
Image: Canadian Olympic Team