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St. Louis Blues' T.J. Oshie scores on Montreal's Carey Price in an NHL hockey game in Montreal last year.

Oshie vs. Price for a Chance at Olympic Hockey Gold

ICTMN Staff
2/20/14

On Friday at noon EST, the United States will play Canada in the Olympic men’s hockey semifinals. For Team USA it’s a chance for redemption after losing to Canada in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. And for Canada—the country that invented the game, after all—it’s a chance to move one step closer to a record ninth gold medal in the sport.

But for Indian country, it’s a chance to watch two of the top Native hockey players go at it.

T.J. Oshie, Obijwe, a power forward on St. Louis Blues, became an instant hero after his shootout goal against Russia helped propel the U.S. to a spot in the quarterfinals. Carey Price, Ulkatcho First Nation, goalie for the Montreal Canadiens, has started—and won—three games for Team Canada in Sochi thus far.

TJ Oshie is high-fived by his teammates after scoring against Russia at the Olympic games in Sochi. (Associated Press)

"I'm just excited," Price told NHL.com when he learned he’d be the starting goalie in the Olympics. "It's been a lingering thought, but this whole season I've been preparing one game at a time. That doesn't change once I get here. I've been preparing these last two days for this game [Thursday] and I'll just continue to do the same." 

Price saved 19 of 20 shots in Canada's 3-1 victory over Norway; 14 of 15 shots in the Canadians' 2-1 overtime win against Finland; and notched another 15 saves in a 2-1 win over Latvia.

Oshie, meanwhile, scored on four of his six shootout attempts against Russia to lead the Americans to a heart-stopping 3-2 win last Saturday. 

“It’s something you practice at the end of practice all the time, just kind of messing around,” Oshie told CBS Sports about his shootout against Russia. “I had to go back and maybe think of some different moves that I can do and maybe go back to some that I already did. It was a fun end.”

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