Schleper, Team USA Come Up Short In Gold Medal Game [VIDEO, AUDIO]
SOCHI, RUSSIA – Canada beats US 3-2 in overtime to win 4th consecutive Olympic gold in women’s hockey.
The United States could not hold a 2-0 lead with under four minutes to play and eventually fell in overtime.
Meghan Duggan broke a scoreless tie at the 11:57 mark of the second period to give the United States a 1-0 lead. Duggan’s goal was assisted by Jocelyne Lamoreux.
The USA took a 2-0 lead at 2:01 of the third period on an Alex Carpenter power play goal that was assisted by Hilary Knight and Kelli Stack. That lead held until Canada’s improbable comeback sent the game to overtime.
Team Canada cut the USA’s lead in half with 3:26 remaining in the third period when Brianne Jenner fluttered a puck past US goalie Jessie Vetter and into the back of the net.
The United States missed an empty net goal by mere inches a couple of minutes later that would have sealed the game, then watched in horror as Canada tied the game with only 54 seconds on the clock.
Marie-Philip Poulin scored the tying goal from Canada that sent the game to overtime. Canada outshot the US 27-24 during regulation.
Poulin scored the game winner for Canada at 8:10 of the extra period on a power play, awarded after Canadian captain Haley Wickenheiser was pulled down from behind on a breakaway. Wickenheiser was initially awarded a penalty shot, but that call was overturned by the officials following a lengthy discussion.
At The Blue Line South:
Meanwhile, at the Blue Line South in St. Cloud Anne Schleper’s family anxiously watched the USA take on Canada.
It was a sea of red, white and blue as family members sported Schleper’s number 15 jersey. For more than two hours the restaurant was standing room only.
Schleper’s grandmas Kay Schnobrich and Rose Schleper sat and watched the game together. Schnobrich says watching the game made her nervous.
“I’m so nervous, but I’m so happy for Anne. This was her dream come true. I’m so nervous,” says Schnobrich.
During the game Rose Schleper told WJON, “My heart is pounding, that’s how I know it’s there.”
The USA was defeated by the Canadians in overtime but Schleper’s family and friends are still proud of their local Olympian.
At St. Cloud Cathedral:
While class was in session at St. Cloud Cathedral, it wasn’t the books students were focused on.
The school played today’s game throughout the building showing support for former Cathedral graduate Anne Schleper.
Mark Chamerninck was Schleper’s hockey coach at Cathedral. He says the atmosphere around school has been like nothing else.
While the loss isn’t what the school was hoping for. Chamernick says Schleper has done her school, city and country proud.
Schleper graduated from St. Cloud Cathedral in 2008.
Here is a video at St. Cloud Cathedral