As I come back from my hockey team’s third consecutive 7-1 loss, my spirits drop further when I turn on my television to see Russia score their sixth to put them up 5 goals at a score of 6-1. A goal that forced me to almost be sick when I saw Nike’s “Pressure is Power” commercial on the very next commercial break.
I was about to abandon the game to go and log on to my computer to start writing a post called “Canadians’ weeks ruined 3 years running” when a certain goal by one Dougie Hamilton forced me to stick around just long enough to see Jayden Schwartz bank one in. I have to admit that I was glad no one was around to hear the girlish shriek I let out, especially considering there was no chance Canada could complete the comeback, Or could they?
At this point the crowd is still on the fence on weather cheering is worth the effort, But there was enough panic behind the Russian bench to warrant using their final time out, and to no avail. Canadiens prospect, Brendan Gallagher rekindles the hope among Canadian hockey fans when he tipped a point shot past the Russian net minder to put Canada down by 2. Not long after Brendan Gormley takes a point shot that finds twine and the deficit is just one. That would cap the 4 goal scoring outburst that made the remaining fans glad they didn’t leave.
6 minutes left to put one past the backup goalie, Makarov, who came in for relief after the 5th Canadian goal. He was tested with shot after shot, all of which he was up to the challenge for. With about a minute left, when all the nails on Canadian fans have been bitten down to stubs, a Canadian forward, who I believe to be Ryan Strome, corrals a loose puck a puts it right off the iron, but the the rebound goes right to Connolly and he puts in… right into Makarov’s pad. In the words of my favourite broadcaster, James Duthie, “Sometimes you get a miracle, sometimes you hit the post“.
And with that, the comeback was over, no last second Eberle-esque heroics this time around and Canada misses out on the Gold medal game for the first time in 11 years. Russia will play Sweden in the final. Canada will play Finland for 3rd place.
The worst thing we can do as Canadians is turn the cold shoulder on our team. Not now, not ever. No, bronze isn’t as good as gold, but we still have something to play for. I’ll be wearing my Canada tuque with pride and rooting my team every single step of the way in the demolition of the Finns. I’d ask you to join me as well.