U.S. Reaches Canada Cup Finals
The United States, making its best international showing since winning the gold medal in the 1980 Winter Olympics, earned its first berth in the Canada Cup finals with a 7-3 rout of Finland on Wednesday night at Hamilton.
The United States, which missed the Canada Cup semifinals in 1976 and 1987 and was eliminated in the semifinals in 1981 and 1984, will play the winner of today’s Canada-Sweden game in the best-of-three final beginning Saturday night in Montreal. Team USA has won five of its six games in the tournament, losing only to Canada.
Dave Christian, the only member of that 1980 Olympic team on this year’s Canada Cup squad, started the Americans’ assault by scoring the game’s first goal at 12:17 of the opening period. Joe Mullen got the first of his two goals at 17:36, converting Ed Olczyk’s feed, and the Americans were never headed.