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Olympic viewing parties witness USA men's hockey defeat to Canada

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Hockey fans all around the country were glued to the screens this afternoon as the men's Team USA lost to Team Canada in the Olympic semifinal, 1-0.

One of the most popular places to watch the game was Moorhead Buffalo Wild Wings, where today sports fans took a break from the green and gold - and their workload - to cheer for the red, white and blue.

One dad took his three boys out of school for a "doctor's appointment". He says a little Olympic hockey is just what the doctor ordered.

"It's important, I mean the Olympics only come around once every four years. The next time they do this, they'll be in senior high school or maybe even be in college," says Father David Overbo.

For his boys, a border battle meets sibling rivalry with two brothers cheering for the USA and one for Canada.

"I kind of feel left out," says Team Canada Fan and Brother Michael Overbo. "I kind of thought my dad was going for Canada, but I guess not, so it's kind of intimidating if they win. It's going to be a little scary," he says.

For some, a Squirt hockey tournament brought them to the area, but the Olympic game brought them to Buffalo Wild Wings. Coach says it's a little off-ice bonding and a clinic at the same time.

"You've got pro players playing in the Olympics, so it's a pro all-star team for each of the countries that participate in the Olympics and you can learn a great deal- and again that's what it's about at this age," says Junior Denver Pioneers Squirt-A coach Jon Bentz.

For his little guys, they're watching, learning and dreaming.

"Ever since I started hockey, I always wanted to be in the Olympics and lead the team to gold," says Denver Pioneers Squirt-A Left Wing Nick Gilbert.

Maybe someday he will, but for today with Team Canada up 1-0, the silent fans kept waiting...hoping...until the clock ran out with no U.S. goal- or victory.

The USA men's team will play against Team Finland for the bronze medal at 9:00 tomorrow morning on NBC sports network. Canada now advances to the gold-medal game against Team Sweden.



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