With Kazakhstan’s 5-2 win over Latvia, the American men have secured a quarterfinal berth. Team USA closes pool play against Russia at 2:30 p.m. ET
It’s gut-check time once again for the Canadian men’s hockey team at the Winter Olympics, much to the chagrin of everyone involved and fans watching back home.
Considered a gold-medal favourite in the tournament by many hockey observers, the team appeared to be settling into a groove after wins over Italy and Germany.
But a pair of 2-0 shutout defeats to Switzerland and Finland on the weekend have turned the optimism to consternation. Any attempts to slough off the shocking result on Saturday to the play of Swiss goalie Martin Gerber was rendered useless by the effort against the Finns.
Far from the hockey arenas where many of his friends and teammates are competing for an Olympic medal, Keith Primeau was enjoying a day of skiing with his family in the Pocono Mountains.
He knew little more than the results of the games taking place in Turin. He didn’t know what was going on with Team Canada or Team USA, or why they are having so many problems scoring goals.
Watching hockey, being around hockey, is something Primeau is struggling with today because he knows there will be no more for him this season.