BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Olympic Hockey fans had a lot to focus on Wednesday afternoon. Team USA and Team Canada both had men’s quarterfinal games scheduled at the same time, both with a lot at stake.
“It’s fun to watch hockey any time and they’re the best of the best. But it’s finally you’re playing something you care about, not just the team, but the whole country,” said Amy Pedlow.
Suzanne Taylor added, “It’s just fun to come out for the camaraderie. I’m a Canadian living in the U.S. so I’m cheering, so it’s really fun getting the patriotic spirit going even though I’m getting a lot of ribbing for being Canadian.
At Coles in Buffalo, some Canadian fans were rooting for the opposition, Latvia. Latvia’s team is coached by Ted Nolan, the interim head coach for the Buffalo Sabres who also coached the team in the mid-90s. Nolan has acted as the Latvia men’s national hockey team since 2011. He’s also Canadian.
But even with Nolan’s help, Latvia couldn’t make it happen.
And Team USA played against the Czech Republic on Wednesday. Sabres’ Ryan Miller was the backup goaltender while Jonathan Quick started. Team USA easily beat out the Czechs, setting the stage for a direct competition between Canada and the U.S. in the semi-finals, which will almost feel like a rematch of the 2010 Olympic gold medal game.