US celebrates hockey victory over Russia in Sochi preliminary game
Saturday, February 15, 2014 - 01:09
Feb. 15 - Team USA defeats Russia, 3-2, in an overtime thriller, setting the tempo for ice hockey in Sochi. Nathan Frandino reports.
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As the Bolshoy Ice Dome empties, Team USA hockey fans rejoice.
Although it was just a preliminary game, a "Miracle on Ice" rematch between Russia and the U.S. gave fans a taste of what's to come.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) USA FAN ERVIN RANDLE SAYING:
"It was a nail-biter. I mean, I've never seen that many overtimes, we were like going wow, wow. Are we gonna win it, are we gonna win it. USA, USA, go USA!"
The U.S. won 3-2 in a sudden-death shootout.
All thanks to one man.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) NOLAN, A USA FAN FROM NEW YORK, SAYING:
"T.J. Oshie, you're fantastic."
T.J. Oshie scored in the eighth round of the shootout, giving U.S. the win.
The overtime thriller saw hundreds of fans watching outside.
After the game, Russian fans held their heads high.
(SOUNDBITE) (Russian) KSENIA, A RUSSIAN FAN FROM SAINT PETERSBURG, SAYING:
"Of course I wanted Russia to win, but everything is ahead of us still. The final, semi-final. I hope… Russia forward!
With the win, the U.S. moves to the top of Group A standings followed by Russia and Slovenia.
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