SOCHI, Russia -- American hockey fans will always have Lake Placid and now Slovenia will always have Sochi.
While Slovenia's 3-1 win against Slovakia doesn't match the magnitude of the USA's 1980 Miracle on Ice, it is highly unexpected and clearly cause for major celebration in a smaller country with a population of roughly two million people.
Slovenia is ranked 18th in the world in hockey and is making its first Olympic appearance in the men's tournament.
"This is like a gold medal for us," said Slovenia forward Bostjan Golicic.
The pride was evident in the Slovenia players as they headed to their dressing room
-- USA Today