HOCKEY Feb. 22, 1980: U.S. 4, U.S.S.R. 3 At the height of the Cold War, the U.S. pulled off one of the great upsets in sports when a group of American college hockey players coached by Herb Brooks beat the Soviet Union in a medal-round game at the Lake Placid Olympics. The Big Red Machine featured goaltender Vladislave Tretiak, a core of well-drilled defensemen and forwards whose pinpoint passing defied belief. But the Americans, led by Jim Craig in goal and Mark Johnson's two goals, were in position for the victory in the third period when Mike Eruzione netted the eventual game-winning goal with 10 minutes left. The U.S. would defeat Finland for the gold medal.
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