Eric Peterson, Published February 20 2014
US-Canada women's hockey game attracts a lot of interest in Fargo before squirt tourney gets underway
That is where Bobbi Armstrong watched the Canadian team score the winning goal in overtime for a 3-2 victory.
“There were quite a few people in the room. We were the only Canadians though, so they weren’t very happy with us,” said Armstrong, whose son is playing in the Fargo Youth Hockey Association Squirt International Tournament.
The Squirt Olympics were Thursday night at Scheels Arena, with games starting today at various area rinks.
Armstrong, whose son, Alex, plays for the team from Fort Frances, Ont., said her family arrived in Fargo in time to see the finish of the women’s final.
“We watched the very end, and, of course, it was very exciting,” she said.
Matthew Gerstner, a 10-year-old who also plays for the Fort Frances team, didn’t see the women’s final but was excited when he heard the Canadian team had won.
Gerstner has watched many of the men’s and women’s Olympic hockey games.
“It kind of motivates me, how they play, and I learn some stuff,” said Gerstner, in the midst of a lobby area packed with players, parents and fans at Scheels Arena.
Elisabeth Gerebi, 10, and Alex Dixey, 11, wanted to see the U.S. win gold. Both girls play on a mostly boys team from Chaska Chanhassen (Minn.).
“I was really bummed,” said Gerebi, whose father, Nick, played hockey at the University of Minnesota.
Dixey watched part of the gold-medal game when her family stopped for lunch in Fergus Falls on the way to Fargo.
She found out Canada won the game when her dad pulled up the final score on his phone.
“We all started moaning in the car,” Dixey said. “I wish they would have won though in that game.”
Dixey said her favorite U.S. women’s player is Amanda Kessel, while Gerebi likes Gigi Marvin.
Kessel and Marvin both played at the University of Minnesota.
Gerebi said watching Olympic hockey has given her extra motivation.
“I like how they do the cool moves, and I like to try them,” Gerebi said.
Andrew Deming, 11, plays for a team from Roseau, Minn.
Deming was still excited about the display T.J. Oshie – who played high school hockey in Warroad, Minn. – put on in Team USA’s 3-2 shootout victory against Russia last weekend in men’s hockey.
“I think it’s cool how he shot it 5-hole every time,” Deming said.
Denise Deming, Ryan’s mom, said they listened to the women’s gold-medal game on the radio on Thursday’s drive to Fargo.
Denise said it was a tough end to a game the U.S. led 2-0 in the third period. Canada scored in the final minute of regulation to force the overtime.
“It was disappointing because you thought they were going to win when they were up 2-0,” Denise said. “When they (Canada) scored in the last minute (of the third period), it was crazy.”
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