Yahoo Sports reports it’s the Americans’ first win over their northern rivals since the Vancouver Games in 2010.
Captain Andy Miele had a goal and an assist, while goalie Strauss Mann made 35 saves for the U.S. (2-0-0), which took over first place in Group A ahead of Canada (1-1-0).
“We didn’t back down from their physical play,” Miele said. “I love the way our team responded. I’m so proud of this group. We took a beating. They kept on going forward, we kept on coming back at them and got the outcome that we deserved.”
ESPN reports that Canada struck first just 1:24 into the game. It was after U.S. forward Ben Meyers turned the puck over at center ice and a misplay to prevent a block that Canada got the early 1-0 lead. The U.S. took the lead with 1:16 left in the first period.
The Americans made it 3-1 just 2:37 into the second by using their forecheck to force Canada goalie Eddie Pasquale into a turnover.
ESPN reports the Americans preserved their lead through Canada’s 5-on-3 power play late in the third period, and Team USA went on to beat Canada 4-2 in their Beijing Olympic men’s ice hockey preliminary round showdown.
The Americans close out the preliminary round Sunday against Germany, while the Canadians play host to China.
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