In case you missed it - and if you’re on the East Coast, you probably did, as the game ended around 2 AM - the USA women’s hockey team shook off an uneven start to down Canada 3-2 in a shootout thriller to win the gold medal at the Olympics.
Though none of the five Eagles playing last night - three current players and two alumna - factored into the US scoring, they certainly made an impact.
Megan Keller ‘19 was immense for the US throughout the game but especially in overtime, playing monster minutes and being trusted to shut down some of Canada’s stars.
Keller led the star-studded lineup with 29:05 of ice time, and logged a total of 7:14 on ice out of the 20 minute overtime. She did pick up a frightening penalty in the final two minutes of overtime, clearing out Marie Philip Poulin along the wall and being sent to the box, but the US held out to force the shootout.
Her defense partner, Eagle alum Emily Pfalzer, led the team in number of shifts with 47. She played in all game situations, racked up 28:06 on the ice, and made a number of great plays backchecking and defending that would rightfully end up on any extended highlight reel from this game.
Cayla Barnes ‘22 - who is not even a freshman yet! - was leaned on more and more as the game went on, playing some crucial shifts and 5:24 total in OT. She had two shots on goal and looked very much like she belonged with much older and more experienced players.
Kali Flanagan, another would-be and soon-will-be senior, started the Olympics as the US’ seventh/extra defenseman, but as befitted her career progression she kicked down the door and became a regular, playing as one of the Americans’ top 6 D in overtime (4:28 TOI in OT, 10:57 overall). Forward Haley Skarupa took two shifts early in her capacity as the US’s extra forward, and completes her arc from Olympic outsider in 2014 to Olympic champion in 2018.
Congrats again to all five Eagles, and the entire US team, on the gold medal!