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February 21, 2014

Locals take in another tough Olympic hockey loss

Niagara Gazette — The packed bar at Honey's restaurant was pretty quiet as the final seconds of the U.S. Men's Olympic Hockey team's semi-final game against Canada ticked off the clock, ending in a 1-0 loss.

Anthony Custode, Jr., decked out in a U.S.A. jersey featuring Western New Yorker Patrick Kane's name and number, said he was especially disappointed to lose to his neighbors to the north.

"I just hate losing to Canada," Custode Jr. said.

The Americans lost to Canada in a heartbreaking overtime loss in the gold medal game at the Vancouver Olympics in 2010 when Sidney Crosby fired a puck under the pad of Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller.

While that game was full of drama, Friday's loss felt much more one-sided with Canada dominating the puck control battle and generating many more scoring chances than the U.S. team.

Custode Jr. said he never really felt like his team was in the game.

"It should have been two or three to nothing," Custode said. "They were lucky to be down one to nothing."

Amit Walia of Toronto, Ont. was also at Honey's and was one of the few people at the bar clapping as the Canadian team trapped the puck behind the net as the final seconds of the game expired.

He came to the Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls to shop and was streaming the game on his phone before arriving at the restaurant.

"I thought the Americans had a shoe-in because Crosby wasn't mending with the team too well initially," Walia said.

Walia thought the Canadian team was able to hold the Americans at bay by concentrating on their defensive play after forward Jamie Benn potted what would be the only goal of the game.

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