Several members of the UVM women's hockey team gathered in the Bostwick Room just outside of the Gutterson Fieldhouse ice surface to watch team USA take on team Canada in the gold medal game of the Sochi Olympics Thursday. The Catamounts have thirteen Americans on their roster and they were all excited to see the U.S. take a 2-0 lead early in the third period.
"I though we had it in the bag," UVM forward Amanda Pelkey said.
But that all changed in the final three and a half minutes of the game when Canada scored two goals to send the game into overtime tied at two. Eight minutes into overtime, Canada scored the game winner, prompting UVM defenseman Danielle Rancourt to jump up out of her chair to celebrate. Rancourt is one of six Canadian born players on the UVM roster.
"I think I'm just going to go to class and avoid the Americans on my team for a little while," Rancourt said. "They're not too happy with me being there cheering for Canada and especially with the result of that game."
It was on the Gutterson Fieldhouse ice two years ago that team USA blew a one goal lead late to team Canada in the gold medal game of the world championships. For Pelkey, that loss was painful, but the loss on Thursday hurt even more.
"I know how hard they work, and I know how much mental and physical preparation goes into it," Pelkey said. "So to go sixty minutes and have it be done, is really hard to watch."
Over the Summer, Pelkey played with the U.S. women during a special training camp. In four years, she could be playing with the team instead of watching on television.
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