DANVERS — You could say the silver lining for team captain Meghan Duggan, after yesterday’s 3-2 loss to Canada in the gold medal hockey game, is that the Danvers native is coming home a two-time Olympic silver medalist.
“Meghan is an incredible athlete, and she’s done incredible things,” said older sister Katelyn Duggan, as she watched the game yesterday at Braccia’s Four66 Pub and Grille on Route 1. She’s an incredible leader. She is so dedicated, and she is so amazing.”
“It’s really great; it’s awesome she won a second silver medal,” said family friend Jennifer Marshall, who was among the 60 local fans gathered at the pub to cheer for the hometown girl. Many were from a tightly knit group of five families that watched Duggan, 26, grow up playing hockey and setting her sights on the Olympics.
“I am so happy for her,” Marshall said. “It’s just really disappointing because they played so great the whole game. It’s right at the end they just gave it up.”
For those rooting for Duggan, there was a lot to cheer about when she scored the first goal of the game, her first for the tournament, in the second period.
“I am so glad that she got a goal in the gold medal game,” Marshall said. “That was so exciting. It would have been great if they won, but she played awesome. She always does.”
Also, Alex Carpenter, the daughter of hockey great and Peabody native Bobby Carpenter, scored a go-ahead goal in the third period.
Still, the loss was a tough one for Duggan’s family and friends to swallow.
Around noon, a boisterous crowd wearing T-shirts with Duggan’s name on the back gathered to catch the game on the pub’s big screens. Most stood through the whole game and pulled hard for Duggan, cheering every time she touched the puck, every time the team or Duggan had a scoring chance and every time she was shown on the TV live from Sochi, Russia.