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.
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.”
What a game!!! It wasn’t #TeamCanada’s night but we are incredibly proud of @MeghanAgosta & all of the players on the team. That was some impressive hockey ladies! Congratulations to #TeamUSA on their gold medal win.— Vancouver Police (@VancouverPD) February 22, 2018
Photo credit to: @HC_Women #VPD #Hockey #PyeongChang2018 pic.twitter.com/FGPmmxd7lV
It's almost time!!! We are SO EXCITED! Are you going to be watching with us as #TeamCanada takes on #TeamUSA in the women's gold medal game at 8:10 pm? We are SO proud of our own @MeghanAgosta & all of the players on #TeamCanada! #GoCanada! @HC_Women #VPD #BelieveWeCan pic.twitter.com/whFIR0L0f2— Vancouver Police (@VancouverPD) February 22, 2018
The gold medal game for @HC_Women #TeamCanada is happening today!!!!— Vancouver Police (@VancouverPD) February 21, 2018
Chief Palmer & everyone from @VancouverPD will be cheering for @MeghanAgosta & her teammates! #GoCanada! 🇨🇦 #VPD #Hockey #PyeongChang2018 #BelieveWeCan pic.twitter.com/fRIffD7rsw
Greetings from #PyeongChang2018! Cst. Agosta & Sgt. Robillard are proudly waving the @VancouverPD flag for us! Meanwhile at home, we’re getting ready to cheer for @MeghanAgosta & @HC_Women #TeamCanada in the gold medal game tomorrow!! #GoCanada! #Hockey #BelieveWeCAN #VPD pic.twitter.com/dCg1VLaNC3— Vancouver Police (@VancouverPD) February 21, 2018