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Fans Cheer on USA Hockey Team

WILKES BARRE — An afternoon hockey game kept things a little busier than normal at Lucky’s Sporthouse in Wilkes-Barre Township.

A few dozen hockey fans headed there to watch the United States Men’s Olympic Team take on Canada.

“This is as important as it can be. You know it should be the gold medal game and it’s very competitive,” said Charles Craumer of Connecticut.

A competitive game that was coached by a familiar face to hockey fans in our area.

Team USA head coach, Dan Bylsma, coached the Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins before leaving to coach the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Fans hoped good coaching would be enough to beat Canada.

“This game is a lot more than even the medal I think. This is a very important game just because of the natural rivalry between the United States and Canada,” John Quinn of Virginia said.

Just like the United States women this week, the men came up short against team Canada.

The lost cost the USA a chance at a gold medal.

At Patte’s Sports Bar and Restaurant in Wilkes-Barre some fans were watching the end of the third period.

Bartender Mark Fino said it was a little quieter than it was the day before when the United States women took on Canada.

“We had almost a full house and almost everyone wanted it on their television, and people were watching it yelling and screaming,” bartender Mark Fino said.

All was quiet at Patte’s after the United States men lost.

Fans said they’re a little disappointed that both the men and women lost to team Canada.

“We’re probably going to take a little grief from the people from north of the border,” Fino said.

The United States will play Finland on Saturday for the chance to win a bronze medal.

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