Wednesday, September 01, 2004

We'll be back

Canada defeated the US 2-1 in front of a friendly hometown crowd in Montreal.

The US started out real slow, and then lost one of their best players, Mike Modano, to injury. But they battled back, and dominated the second half of the game. Unfortunately, they couldn't convert numerous scoring chances.

Next up for the US is Russia on Thursday in St. Paul, Minn.

UPDATE: Let me explain the "we'll be back" line.

The World Cup tournament two pools, the North American (Canada, US, Russia, Slovakia) and the European (Germany, Sweden, Finland, Czech Republic). During the first round, each team plays the other teams in its pool once to determine seeding for the playoffs. In each pool, the first place team plays the fourth, and the second plays the third. The winners of the two games go on to play the quarterfinal winners from the other pool in the semifinal round. Then the winners play for the gold medal in the final, the losers play for the bronze.

If Canada and the US are 1-2 in the standings after the preliminary round (which is what I predict will happen), then they won't meet until the final (that is what I am predicting, incidentally). Here are my predictions for the standings after the preliminary round:

North American Pool:
1. Canada
2. USA
3. Slovakia
4. Russia

European Pool:
1. Sweden
2. Finland
3. Czech Republic
4. Germany

Finland-Czech Republic


Bronze Medal Game

Gold Medal Game

Final Standings
USA - Gold Medal
Canada - Silver Medal
Finland - Bronze Medal

We'll have to see what happens. I wonder what El-ahrairah would predict?


At 10:11 PM, Blogger The Great El-ahrairah said...

What I read had the US meeting Sweden in the final, but your scenario seems more plausible. The two best hockey teams in the world are the US and Canada. I'm not sure who is number one, but there probably isn't that much of a difference between us.


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