Team Canada has not taken too many morning skates during this tournament but the red and white were on the ice at HSBC Arena this morning for nearly a half-hour in advance of tonight's gold medal game against Russia.
"It's all about managing the energy," said coach Dave Cameron. "It's either skate yesterday and not this morning. We chose this as the best way to be ready tonight."
The teams met Dec. 26 on the tournament's opening day and Canada scored three third-period goals to snap a tie and win, 6-3.
"It's two different hockey clubs but they've gotten a lot better too," said Canada's Brayden Schenn. "Our team came together more as a group. I think we've tightened up defensively a lot since then and I think we have to make sure we do that tonight."
"The stakes obviously are a lot higher and that's going to put some pressure on and it will be who can deal with that pressure," Cameron said. "These teams are thrown together for the most part at the last minute, the last month. The longer you play together, usually the more cohesive you can be as a team."
Asked if he was tired of talking about the game and ready to play it, Cameron said, "Bingo."
"I've already packed [for the trip home]. I've got that done," the coach said. "You never want to rush your life ahead but if I had a clock, I wouldn't mind setting it for 7:30 tonight already. We'll just make sure the Ts are crossed the i's are dotted. Just wait it out and enjoy the moment."
Here's audio from this morning from Cameron and Canada captain Ryan Ellis: