22 February 1980

Herb Brooks 1980

Eruzione_goal_celebration

USA beats USSR 1980

This Day in Hockey:
Lake Placid, NY

The Russians went up early, but the U.S. tied the score in the last second of the first period. In a surprise move, the Soviet Union pulled its starting goalie Vladislav Tretiak – considered the best in world – but soon recaptured their lead, going up 3-2 in the second period. In the third period, the U.S. again pulled even behind Mark Johnson’s second goal. And with exactly 10 minutes left to play, Mike Eruzione put the US ahead 4-3. The Russians launched wave after wave of attacks (the U.S. was outshot 39-16) but couldn’t get the puck past goaltender Jim Craig and the lead held.

The U.S. would go on to beat Finland to secure the gold.

“You are born to be a player,
you were meant to be here,
this moment is yours.”

—-Herb Brooks

RIP Coach

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