Five Gophers Earn Silver with USA

Go Gophers! Amanda Kessel
Go Gophers!
Amanda Kessel
Go Gophers!

Feb. 20, 2014

MINNEAPOLIS – Current and former Gopher women's hockey players Megan Bozek, Amanda Kessel, Gigi Marvin, Anne Schleper and Lee Stecklein took home silver medals with Team USA as the U.S. fell to Canada, 3-2 in overtime, in Thursday's Olympic women's ice hockey final.

Canada rallied from a two-goal deficit to win its fourth-straight Olympic gold.

The five Team USA Gophers combined for 16 points on five goals and 11 assists in five Olympic games, led by Kessel's six points (3g-3a) and Bozek's five points (1g-4a). Schleper (1g-2a) had three points, and Marvin and Stecklein each registered one assist.

The silver medal marks the second of Marvin's career after she and Team USA also took second to Canada in 2010. Bozek, Kessel, Schleper and Stecklein made their Olympic debut this year.

In total, seven Gophers represented their home countries in the 2014 Winter Olympic Games as Noora Raty and Mira Jalosuo competed with Finland, which wrapped up the Olympics with two wins in the classification round after being knocked out of medal contention with a 4-2 quarterfinal loss to Sweden.

Women's Medal Round

Gold-Medal Game: Canada 3, Team USA 2 (OT)
Team USA lost a heartbreaking gold medal game as Canada came back from a 2-0 deficit to win 3-2 in overtime. The U.S. held a 1-0 lead on a goal by Meghan Duggan heading into the final 20 minutes of play and added added another goal from Alex Carpenter early in the period to increase their lead to two with 17:59 remaining.


 

 

However, Canada battled back in the final four minutes. Canada's Brianne Jenner scored with 3:26 remaining to cut the U.S. lead to one. After pulling Canadian goaltender Shannon Szabados with 1:35 to play, Canada's Marie-Philip Poulin tied the game with 55 seconds remaining.

The gold-medal game went to overtime, where Canada prevailed with a power-play goal from Poulin eight minutes into the extra time. The win gives Team Canada their fourth-straight gold medal in women’s ice hockey.

Bronze-Medal Game: Switzerland 4, Sweden 3
Switzerland rallied from a two-goal deficit to earn its first-ever Olympic women's ice hockey medal and defeat Sweden, 4-3.

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