Team USA needs no "great pep talk" for Canada rematch
Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 01:11
Feb. 20 - Team USA and Canada play Friday in the semifinals for men's ice hockey in Sochi. Nathan Frandino reports.
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Four years ago, Canadians rejoiced, celebrating their Olympic victory in men's ice hockey.
It was a grueling 3-2 overtime win against their southern neighbors, Team USA.
Fast forward to 2014 in Sochi and the teams face off in the semifinals Friday.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. ICE HOCKEY TEAM CAPTAIN DAVID BACKES SAYING:
"The next step on our list to get to our goal is to win a semi-final game and it happens we draw the team that beat us out in Vancouver, so there's no need for a great pep talk or anything like that, we've got plenty of incentive and we're going to be laying it on the line."
The U.S. is coming off a 5-2 win over the Czech Republic while Canada beat Latvia, 2-1.
The winner of this semifinal game will play Sunday for gold, an achievement USA hopes to stop Canada from getting a second straight time.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. ICE HOCKEY TEAM FORWARD ZACH PARISE SAYING:
"We're excited about it. We know it's going to be a tough game and how good they are. But just to find ourselves with an opportunity to get back into a gold medal game is the most important thing, but we've got a tough team to play before that."
Team USA last won the gold medal in 1980.
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