WARROAD, Minn. (AP) — The Warroad High School boys' hockey team squeaked out a 2-1 victory over the U.S. Olympic women's hockey team on Wednesday.
Allen McBride's goal with 3:52 remaining — a backhand past Team USA goalie Chanda Gunn — proved to be the game-winner.
"They were nice to put a team up against us that was spirited and you could tell by the reactions that it meant as much to those kids as it does to us," Team USA coach Ben Smith said. "Hockey is hockey. I think the people liked it. It seemed like a nice crowd and just a wonderful evening."
About 1,500 people turned out for the exhibition game, which was non-checking.
Kirk Olimb gave the Warriors a 1-0 lead at 13:58 of the first period when he put a shot from the high slot past Gunn.
Natalie Darwitz scored Team USA's lone goal at 4:26 of the second period. Darwitz's shot appeared to hit the crossbar, but officials — after three more minutes of play — conferred and ruled that the shot had gone into the net.
That tied the game and set up McBride's game-winner. Warroad goalie Tyler Potts then stopped a couple of Darwitz shots in the final 25 seconds.
Warroad held a 24-23 edge in shots.
I thought our women's hockey team was supposed to be good? How can any team of High School kids beat what would amount to a professional team (if there were such a thing in women's hockey)?
I think this does not bode well for our gold medal chances...