Canadian women take silver in Olympic hockey

For Vancouver's Meghan Agosta, the shootout loss to the U.S. was especially hard.

It was a nail-biter but Canada came up short in PyeongChang Wednesday night taking Olympic silver in a shootout in women’s hockey and missing gold for the first time in 20 years.

American goalie Maddie Rooney stopped a shot from Vancouver police Const. Meghan Agosta in the sixth round of the shootout to win gold for the U.S.

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Agosta scored once during the shootout and had an assist on captain Marie-Philip Poulin’s second-period goal giving Canada a 2-1 lead. Monique Lamoureux scored late in the third period to send the game to overtime.

This was Agosta’s fourth time going for gold with Team Canada — winning gold with the team in Torino in 2006, Vancouver in 2010 and Sochi in 2014. She was named MVP in Vancouver in 2010 and is an assistant captain this year.

The 31-year-old forward is also two goals short of tying Hayley Wickenheiser’s all-time Olympic record of 19. She had 15 going into PyeongChang and notched two goals and two assists in five games.

Agosta took a break from the team in 2014 to join the Vancouver Police Department. She last worked in patrol in the southeast end of the city and was granted a year-long leave of absence, without pay, to train and compete in the Olympics. She'll return to the force in May.

 

“It’s just unfortunate, you know. You work so hard,” a tearful Agosta told the CBC after the game. “We’ve just got to hold our heads high.”

She told CBC that when it comes to hockey, “I don’t think this is going to be the end. We had something special here...We just have to keep our heads high.”

 

@JessicaEKerr

jkerr@vancourier.com

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