Lake Placid ’80 : Baker’s Big Goal Salvages Sweden

BILL BAKER fires a shot for the University of Minnesota against their in-state rivals, the University of Minnesota-Duluth, in WCHA play. Baker was an All-American defenseman for the Golden Gophers his senior season of 1978-79 and represented the United States at the 1979 IIHF World Championships in Moscow.

BILL BAKER fires a shot for the University of Minnesota against their in-state rivals, the University of Minnesota-Duluth, in WCHA play. Baker was an All-American defenseman for the Golden Gophers his senior season of 1978-79 and represented the United States at the 1979 IIHF World Championships in Moscow.

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The UNITED STATES goaltender is seated with the rest of the blue shirts on the end of the bench.

The American net is left unguarded, lifted in favor off an extra skater with the upcoming faceoff at the other end.

Forty-one seconds remain in the match with SWEDEN, which comes a day before the official opening ceremony of the 1980 Winter Olympic Games in Lake Placid, New York.

Although the United States win the draw, the shot from the point is blocked by a sliding Swede. After the puck is sent along the boards behind the net, Sweden, indeed, have their chance to clear. The University of Minnesota-Duluth’s MARK PAVELICH steals the disc, however, and delivers a pass to the top of the slot : 

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The University of Minnesota’s BILL BAKER is on hand to hammer the puck past a partially-screened PELLE LINDBERGH in the Swedish goal to lift the United States level at 2-2.

For the Americans, the tie felt more like a victory.

United States coach HERB BROOKS had calculated prior to the tournament that the squad would require two points from its first two Blue Division matches with Sweden and Czechoslovakia in order to have any real opportunity to advance to the medal round.

The United States entered the 1980 Winter Games at Lake Placid seeded seventh out of twelve teams; Sweden were ranked third.

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