x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 July 2017

Meghan Agosta’s double lifts Canada over USA

The Olympics are the gift that keeps on giving for Meghan Agosta, who celebrated her 27th birthday yesterday by scoring twice to lead Canada to a hard-fought 3-2 victory over the United States at the Sochi Games.

Meghan Agosta, left, celebrated her 27 birthday with a pair of goals to lift Canada over the United States 3-2 in round-robin segment of the women's ice hockey competition at the Sochi Olympics.  Anatoly Maltsev / EPA
Meghan Agosta, left, celebrated her 27 birthday with a pair of goals to lift Canada over the United States 3-2 in round-robin segment of the women's ice hockey competition at the Sochi Olympics. Anatoly Maltsev / EPA

The Olympics are the gift that keeps on giving for Meghan Agosta, who celebrated her 27th birthday yesterday by scoring twice to lead Canada to a hard-fought 3-2 victory on Wednesday over the United States at the Sochi Games.

Agosta scored two goals in the third period of the pool-play contest for Canada, who remain unbeaten in the Winter Olympics women’s hockey tournament with a 3-0 record.

The performance was reminiscent of her 19th birthday at the 2006 Winter Games in Turin when she scored three goals against Russia.

She said she did not enter the game thinking she had to score on her birthday. “I went out there thinking I got to play the best I can.

“I did just that.”

Hayley Wickenheiser had a goal and an assist as Canada broke open a tight-checking contest with two goals in 93 seconds to start the third period.

It marked just the second time the teams faced each other in the Olympics without a gold medal on the line.

This is the third Olympics for Agosta, who also represented Canada four years ago in Vancouver.

“I played in Turin on my 19th birthday and scored a hat trick,” she said. “Every Olympics is different. Turin was my first Olympics and it was a dream come true to represent Canada at such a young age. Being here is another celebration.”

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