America, Finland earn medals

by John Hageman

The Minnesota women’s hockey program was well-represented in the 2010 Olympic games in Vancouver, with freshman goalie Noora Raty earning a bronze with Team Finland, and Gophers alumnae Gigi Marvin and Natalie Darwitz falling to Canada to receive the silver Thursday.

Raty and the Finns defeated Team Sweden, who upset the Americans at the 2006 Turin games, in overtime 3-2. Raty had 16 saves to earn her first medal in the Olympic games. It was Team Finland’s first medal since women’s hockey became a Olympic sport in 1998. The WCHA goaltending champion will return to Minnesota Friday, but Minnesota head coach Brad Frost said he has not determined whether she will start.

Team USA fell to the favored Canadian squad 2-0, with Team Canada winning their third straight gold medal. Marie-Philip Poulin scored the only two goals of the game in the first period. 

Canadian goaltender Shannon Szabados had 28 saves in the shutout of the Americans, a team that scored 27 goals in three games leading up to the gold-medal game.

Darwitz, Team USA captain, and Marvin each had one shot on goal, and Darwitz was -2. Darwitz will return to the Gophers as an assistant coach next season.