White House press secretary Jay Carney admitted that it was "a shame" that the Canadian hockey team beat the United States in the Sochi Olympics on Friday, but congratulated them just the same.

"Congratulations to Canada, they certainly know their way around a hockey rink," Carney said, remarking that the game appeared to be "stressful" for American hockey fans.

President Obama had bet a case of his very own White House beer on the game with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

"If Harper says you can keep the beer for Keystone [XL], would the president have any thoughts?" asked one reporter jokingly, referring to the controversial Keystone XL pipeline.

"That process is housed over at the State Department," Carney said with a grin. "It's entirely unfermented."