Three Former Lakers Lead Canada to Four Nation's Cup

Courtesy Mercyhurst Athletic Communications

 

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. - Three former members of the Mercyhurst University women's hockey team played huge roles in leading Team Canada to a gold medal at the Four Nations Cup held at the Herb Brooks Arena in Lake Placid, New York. Team Canada earned a 6-3 win over Team Finland over the weekend to claim the gold medal.

In the gold medal game, Vicki Bendus paced Team Canada with one goal and two assists while Meghan Agosta-Marciano and Bailey Bram each had one assist in the championship game, with both earning their assists on the eventual game-winning goal by Brianne Jenner late in the first period.

Team Canada went a perfect 4-0 to win the Four Nations Cup - beginning with a 3-1 victory over Finland on November 5. Bendus had a goal in that contest while Agosta-Marciano had an assist in the win. The following night, Canada doubled up on the United States by a 4-2 final with Agosta-Marciano and Bram each picking up assists in the win.

Canada then edged Team Sweden on November 8 by a 4-3 count to advance to the gold medal game against Finland. Agosta-Marciano was the only former Laker to score a point in that contest as she registered an assist on the game-winning goal midway through the third period.

All told, Agosta-Marciano had an assist in all four games and tied for the team lead with four points in the four games. Bendus, who did most of her damage in the gold medal game, also finished the tournament with a team-high tying four points on two goals and two assists. Bram chipped in with a pair of assists in the four games.

It was the 13th gold medal that Team Canada has won in the history of the tournament.

The three former Lakers are still battling for a spot on Team Canada's roster for the upcoming 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia next February. Agosta-Marciano, Bram, and Bendus are three of the 27 members currently on the Olympic Centralization roster for Team Canada, which is based out of Hockey Canada's home facilities in Calgary, Alberta. The roster will be trimmed down to 21 players in the coming weeks which will comprise Team Canada in Sochi.