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Editorial: Ice hockey drama at the Sochi Olympic

It has been a thrilling week so far in the ice hockey tournaments at the Sochi Olympics.

As the host country, Russia had a lot of hope riding on its men’s and women’s teams at the Sochi Olympics. Neither team made it to a medal game.

The Russian women’s team had won bronze at the recent world championship, but was eliminated 2-0 in the Olympic quarterfinals by Switzerland, the eventual bronze-medal winner. Adding to its hockey pain, the Russian men’s team was then eliminated in a 3-1 quarterfinal loss to Finland.

Meantime, the Team USA and Canada’s ice hockey teams have been generating another year of excitement in their rivalry.

The U.S. and Canadian women faced off Thursday in a dramatic battle in the goldmedal game. It was a rematch of the 2010 Olympic final.

Team USA carried a 2-0 lead into the third period. They were holding a 2-1 lead late in the period and Canada pulled its goalie. Then a U.S. clearing shot hit a post, narrowly missing an empty net.

A few seconds later, Canada’s Marie-Philip Poulin scored a tying goal for Canada and the game headed to overtime. After 6 intense minutes of overtime hockey, Poulin scored again for the game winner.

The drama continues today as Team USA takes on Canada in a men’s ice hockey semifinal. It will be a rematch of the 2010 and 1960 Olympic gold-medal games.

American and Canadian hockey pride will once again be at stake today.