The 4-2 victory at Beijing’s Nationwide Indoor Stadium, the USA’s second of the competitors after beating China earlier this week, was an unlikely end result given the youthful make-up of the American roster, which incorporates 15 faculty gamers.
And 40 years in the past, it was additionally a group largely comprised of faculty gamers that defeated the Soviet Union 4-Three to win a shock gold.
“I assume it’s a little related with all these faculty guys,” mentioned Workforce USA left wing Sean Farrell.
“That was an incredible second in American hockey historical past, and we have now a protracted solution to go. However hopefully, it will likely be the identical.”
The US at the moment sits high of Group A on six factors and faces Germany within the closing group sport on Sunday.
Whereas Canada scored first in Saturday’s sport by way of Mat Robinson, the US hit again with objectives from Andy Miele, Ben Meyers and Brendan Brisson. Corban Knight made it 3-2, however Kenny Agostino’s purpose within the third interval sealed the win.
“Lots of people take into consideration physicality and measurement, however you is usually a bodily group in a whole lot of other ways,” mentioned US coach David Quinn.
“We’ve got a bunch of fellows who compete, they do not again down. [Against China] we weren’t intimidated in any respect, and we definitely weren’t tonight.
“After we can mix a bit of little bit of grit and coronary heart, and when we have now exhausting talent, and I believed we had exhausting talent tonight, we could be profitable.”
The US is one in all 4 groups on the Winter Olympics to win each its opening video games alongside the Russian Olympic Committee, Finland and Sweden.