Spartan Nation and Team USA Goalie Ryan Miller Shines Bright for America

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Miller is a great person and player and a wonderful representative of the USA.   Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images

Miller is a great person and player and a wonderful representative of the USA. Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images

The Spartan Nation knew long before the world how good of a goalie and person Ryan Miller is. As they learn about his character the world is now seeing how good of a talent the Spartan Nation and NHL already know that he is.

 

Miller had 14 saves on 15 shots on Tuesday against Switzerland. Miller’s blue-collar workman like approach to his craft helped him against a Swiss team that is short on talent, but high on shooters.

 

Miller will lead team USA into their second game on Thursday at 3:00 p.m. EST against Norway. A game the Americans should win to move their record to 2-0 in the tournament, and give them six critical points.

 

The Norway game is expected to give a true barometer of how good this team can be. Norway is in-group A with powerhouse Canada and the USA also. Norway lost to Canada to fall to 0-1 on Tuesday. They Norwegians also gave up eight goals to the Cannucks, and embarrassing amount.

 

We look for Ryan Miller to have a big day against a Norwegian team that has shown leading up to the Olympics a struggle to get the puck in the net. That isn’t good news for them against the Spartan Nation’s Miller, one of the best goalies in the world.

 

The American’s are widely believed to be the fourth best team in this tournament behind Sweden, Russia and Canada. Any medal for this squad would be a great accomplishment.