The hockey that was played today is the kind of hockey the NHL needs to see each and every night. Perhaps cutting the league down to three divisions of four teams each would do the trick. Too drastic?

In any event, both the Switzerland-Canada and Russia-Slovakia games were eventful-to say the least.

The Swiss have an unusual control of the Canadians, as the watch-makers gave the hosts all they could handle for 65+ minutes. In fact, if it weren’t for an offsides on a Mark Streit-led 2-0n-1, the Swiss may have come away with the victory. Instead, the four Swiss shooters in the shootout failed to test Marty Brodeur and Sidney Crosby finally solved Jonas Hiller to give Canada a 3-2 win.

The Canadian shootout was the first of the day, and tournament but it wasn’t the last. The Slovaks played a perfect defensive game and struck when the opportunity arose and took a victory away from pre-tournament favorite Russia, 2-1.

The Slovak line matching was what gave them the victory. What’s more, the Russians didn’t seem to care that their two top offensive lines were being matched (quite well in fact) for almost the entire game. I say almost because in OT the Slovaks simply couldn’t afford to run that sort of system 4-on-4 and during the third the Slovaks started rolling their lines, rather than continue their judicious game-plan.

But, the gameplan worked. Perfectly. Alex Ovechkin & Co. were silent and Alexei Morozov (the flag bearer at the opening ceremonies) scored off Andrej Sekera’s stick. Who knew Sekera was good for a defensive mistake every game? Meanwhile, Jaroslav Halak made a handful of sparking saves and stoned all but one of the seven Russian shooters in the tie breaker.

Jozsef Stumpel and Pavol Demitra pulled out a pair of unreal moves to beat Ilya Bryzgalov, who also had a terrific game.

On the women’s side we celebrated our final game at UBC Thunderbird Arena as the USA women won in convincing fashion over Finalnd, 6-0.

The USA rode the momentum of a four-goal first period to the victory and Jesse Vetter proved that she belongs between the pipes when the medal round begins next week. The USA looked strong and the Finns showed that they will likely win bronze. That is, if all goes according to plan and the US and Canada meet for the gold.

Once again, Kenny Albert put my name out on the airwaves. I hope potential employers are listening. But the whole crew at UBC, from Kenny and AJ on down was a great group. I had a great time with each and every person over the past week.

Additionally, the campus at UBC is awesome. It is all very new looking, as if the University sprouted up overnight. It helps that it is in one of the most affluent areas of Vancouver. I have a bunch of pictures to post, I just need to take the time to post them.

See you later.