Remembering The Miracle On Ice 40 Years Later

Reliving the 'Miracle on Ice' from the game analyst's seat 40 years later

Morning 5: Miracle on Ice

One of the greatest moments in American sports history happened February 22, 1980, when the USA men's hockey team led by coach Herb Brooks defeated the heavily-favored Soviet Union in the medal round of the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York. It is known as the "Miracle on Ice" game. The Soviets would take the lead in the second period, but the USA would take charge in the third period with two goals, including what proved to be the game-winner by Mike Eruzione halfway through the period.

The U.S. scored a late goal toward the end of the first period when Dave Christian fired a slap shot that went off the Soviet goalie's pads. That resulted in a lengthy rebound, where Mark Johnson was able to gain control and bury the puck in the back of the net with one second left in the frame to tie things up at two.

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The second period started with a shocking move by Soviet Head Coach Viktor Tikhonov. The United States struggled to even stay close in exhibition games against the professional Soviet team.

4 of the players were from Boston including goaltender Jim Craig and team captain Mike Eruzione.

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Nebraska was unable to find similar long-range success, converting only 8-of-32 3-pointers, including just 3-of-18 after halftime. Yvan Quedraogo, Kevin Cross, Matej Kavas and Thorir Thorbjarnarson are other important rotation pieces for coach Fred Hoiberg.


The Americans spent the rest of the game fending off a Soviet-onslaught as the team panicked realizing they were about to suffer their first loss since 1968.

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