By Michael Blinn
With a trip to Sochi just around the corner, the United States women's national hockey yeam and their Canadian counterparts squared off for the first time since the Four Nations Tournament back in October. Their last matchup resulted in a 4-2 victory for Canada, but the game was highlighted by a full-scale brawl in the third period.
It's safe to say that the bitter emotions carried over into tonight's Olympic Trial. As the clocked ticked down on a 4-1 U.S. win, both teams used the exhibition to once again drop the gloves.
After the yard sale was cleaned up and the referees conferred, the final eight seconds played out with the penalty boxes looking a little clown car-ish:
Both teams will be in the hunt for gold in Sochi, and any matchup between the two will be must-see TV, no matter what time it gets broadcast. Lucky for us, however, the geographic neighbors play one more nationally televised tune-up before heading off to the games: they'll face off on Dec. 28 in St. Paul on NBCSN.