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MIRACLE ON ICE
Team USA Win over Team USSR
1980 Winter Olympics, Lake Placid N.Y.
Box Score  |  Video
Pos

G
G
D
D
D
D
D
D
LW
LW
LW
LW
C
C
C
C
RW
RW
RW
RW
College

Boston U.
Minnesota
Bowling Green
Minnesota
Minnesota
Wisconsin
North Dakota
Boston U.
Boston U.
Minnesota
Minnesota
Minnesota
Wisconsin
Minnesota
Minnesota-Duluth
Bowling Green
Boston U.
Minnesota
Minnesota-Duluth
Minnesota
Players

Jim Craig
Steve Janaszak
Ken Morrow
Mike Ramsey
Bill Baker
Bob Suter
Dave Christian
Jack O'Callahan
Mike Eruzione *
Rob McClanahan
Buzz Schneider
Phil Verchota
Mark Johnson
Neal Broten
Mark Pavelich
Mark Wells
Dave Silk
Steve Christoff
John Harrington
Eric Strobel

Avg. Age
Age

21
22
22
19
22
22
20
22
25
22
25
22
21
20
21
21
21
21
22
21

21.6


1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
Pos

G
G
D
D
D
D
D
D
LW
LW
LW
C
C
C/RW
RW
RW
RW
RW
RW
Hometown

Moscow Oblast
Kirovo-Chepetsk
Moscow
St. Petersburg
Moscow
Penza
Chelyabinsk
Nizhny Novgorod 
Moscow
Moscow
Nizhny Novgorod
Moscow Oblast
Inta, Komi Republic
Kirovo-Chepetsk
Moscow
Riga, Latvia
Penza
Moscow
Chelyabinsk
Players

Vladislav Tretiak
Vladimir Myshkin
Viacheslav Fetisov
Alexei Kasatonov
Zinetula Bilyaletdinov
Vasili Pervukhin
Sergei Starikov
Valeri Vasiliev
Valeri Kharlamov
Vladimir Krutov
Aleksandr Skvortsov
Vladimir Petrov
Viktor Zhluktov
Aleksandr Maltsev
Boris Mikhailov *
Helmuts Balderis
Aleksandr Golikov
Yuri Lebedev
Sergei Makarov

Avg. Age
Age

27
34
21
20
24
24
21
30
32
19
25
32
36
30
35
27
27
28
21

27


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2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
Box Score

First Period
1. Krutov scores USSR first goal at 9:12 of the first period. Kasatonov gets an assist.
2. Schneider scores USA first goal at 14:03 of the first period and Pavelich gets an assist.
3. Makarov scores for the USSR at 17:34 of the first period and Golikov gets an assist.
4. USA comes back and scores a goal by Johnson with Christian & Silk assisting at 19:59 of the first period.

(Tied 2-2 after First Period)

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Second Period
1. Maltsev scores on the Power Play at 22:18 assisted by Krutov.

(USSR leads 3-2 after Second Period)

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Third Period
1. Johnson ties this game at at 3-3 with a Power Play goal assisted by Silk at 48:39.
2. Eruzione scores which becomes the winning goal at 50:00 point mark of this game and is assisted by Pavelich and Harrington.

(USA beats USSR 4-3)
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Miracle on Ice

On February 22, 1980
the phrase “Miracle on Ice” was coined when Team USA beat the heavily favored Team USSR at the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York. Team USA went on to win the Gold Medal; the USSR won the silver medal, and Sweden the bronze.

Miracle on Ice was a single game event in which Team USA beat Team USSR in round robin play by a (4 to 3) score and where Play by Play announcer Al Michaels coined the famous phrase at the conclusion of the game “Do you believe in Miracles! Yes.” After this win Team USA went on to beat Finland in their final game and won the gold medal. Finland finished in (4th).

This team was made up of collegiate and amateur players which was in complete contrast to Team USSR’s pro style players which played together for years. The “Miracle on Ice” is regarded as one of the greatest moments in American sports.

Voted by Sports Illustrated as the greatest sports moment in the twentieth century and the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) chose the Miracle on Ice as the number-one international hockey story of the 20th century.
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