IHLC Classics: The Impossible Dream Comes True

From time to time, TheIHLC.com will feature detailed recaps and boxscores of some of the most legendary games in international hockey history, considered to be “IHLC Classics.” Today, to celebrate Independence Day in the United States, we feature the finale of the 1980 Lake Placid Games, Team USA’s post-Miracle victory to clinch Olympic Gold on home ice.

usa-11 United States 4-2 Finland finland-11
Olympic Medal Round
Olympic Fieldhouse, Lake Placid usa-11
Sunday, February 24, 1980

Team USA’s ascension to the top of the hockey world in 1980 was actually not “The Miracle on Ice.” While it was the Miracle that stunned the world, it was their victory two days later where, as legendary announcer Al Michaels called it, “the impossible dream comes true” – the Americans locked up Olympic Gold for only the second time in history, triumphing 4-2 over Finland to win the tournament and capture the International Hockey Lineal Championship.
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