In the first of four games against professional Unites States Ice Hockey teams, the Soviet National Team beat Seattle in Washington on Monday (25 December).
BACK SHOT Team lined up
MV American & Soviet flags
CU Seattle players presented with souvenirs (2 shots)
SV Play - Soviets attack
MV Play - Soviets score
MV Play - Soviets around Seattle goal
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SPORT - ICE HOCKEY
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Background: In the first of four games against professional Unites States Ice Hockey teams, the Soviet National Team beat Seattle in Washington on Monday (25 December).
Soviet teams for many years dominated amateur ice-hockey, and they were expected to win on monday by a much larger margin. But the Seattle team--called the 'Totems'--played well before a home crowd and the final score stood at five goals to four.
The Soviet team went on to play another game on Tuesday (26 December) against a professional team in Phoenix, Arizona, and the next day began a six-game series in Colorado and Minnesota to defend their world hockey cup title against teams from the United States, Canada and Czechoslovakia.
SYNOPSIS: In Seattle, Washington, on Monday, the Soviet National Ice Hockey Team stood to attention as their national anthem was played. They were about to start the first of four matches against professional United States Hockey teams. But before the serious business began - a Christmas gesture. Their opponents - the Seattle 'Totems' - gave each member of the Soviet team a replica of their symbol - a miniature totem pole. Then the players readied themselves for the match.
The game got underway with the Soviet team immediately taking charge with their precise passes and quick skating. The Soviets jumped to a three-nil lead early in the first period and appeared to be on the way to routing the Totems.
But the Seattle team fought hard, playing inspired hockey before a home crowd ... and they came back to tie the game in the second period.
The Soviet team finally triumphed, however, and at end of play the score stood at five goals to four against the Americans.