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Wednesday February 24, 2010 9:38 pm

Agosta breaks Olympic records




Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, NCAA, Olympics,

Meghan AgostaAnother record has been broken in Vancouver. Meghan Agosta, forward for Team Canada’s women’s ice hockey unit, has scored nine goals in four games for her country, breaking the record at the Olympics. Agosta scored a hat trick in Canada’s 18-0 win over Slovakia, two more in the 10-1 win over Switzerland, and another hat trick over Sweden 13-1. In the 5-0 semi-final win against Finland on Monday night, Agosta netted another goal to bring her running total to nine.

Born on Feb. 12, 1987 near Windsor, Ontario, Agosta grew up playing inline and ice hockey. She plays hockey with the Mercyhurst Lakers in the NCAA and studies law at Mercyhurst College in Erie, PA. Her accolades include 2007 CHA Rookie of the Year, 2009 CHA All-Tournament Team, two-time CHA Tournament MVP, three-time All-CHA First Team, two-time CHA Three Star Player of the Year, and three-time CHA Player of the Year, among others.

As a member of Team Canada, she has competed at the last three IIHF Women’s World Hockey Championships, winning a gold and two silvers. Agosta was a member of the 2006 Olympic Team in Torino. As Canada skated to their second consecutive gold medal, Agosta contributed with three goals – a hat trick in one of the preliminary games against Russia on her birthday. Her three hat tricks are an Olympic record. Her ninth goal of the tournament against Finland set another, breaking the one established by Danielle Goyette in 1998.

This time around, her role is expanded. She is one of the veteran players and is one of the leaders on the team, playing on the first line. The fact that she has broken a Canadian record isn’t taking her eyes off of what still lies ahead; Thursday’s game against the US for another Olympic gold. Since 1998, when women’s ice hockey was introduced to the Olympics, only Canada and the US have won the gold; and the two powerhouses will have at it again on Thursday in Vancouver. Agosta doesn’t care who puts the puck in the net, just as long as they come from a player wearing the maple leaf.

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