With respect to all other rivalries in the sport, including the American men vs. the Canadian men, there are few that can live up to the intensity of the American and Canadian women on the ice.
The two national teams, which have ruled the women's hockey world and had some excellent and memorable clashes on the big stages including the Olympics, came together again this weekend in an exhibition series, a tuneup of sorts for the Olympics in Sochi. It featured a rarity in the women's game: a fight. Not only a fight but a near brawl with multiple players involved in the scrum.
The game ended in a brawl. A U.S. player clipped Canadian goaltender Shannon Szabados outside her crease with just over three minutes left, sparking the fight with all 10 skaters squaring off. Two players from each team were charged with major penalties for roughing and game misconducts.
"We had a similar scrap in 2010, so I guess we have one every Olympic cycle to get it out of our system," said Hayley Wickenheiser.
"It was kind of fun to see, and it brought a lot of intensity to another dog fight with these guys. There are few if any blowouts in this series."
Canada won the game 3-2, but there's no confirmation that they celebrated by drinking on the ice.
S/t to Neate Sager