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February 21, 2014

Second silver for Danvers native

Duggan captained women's hockey team in gold-medal match

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Cheers of “I love you!” went up after she was interviewed before the game. At the end of the game, when Canada was celebrating on television, the group spontaneously applauded Duggan’s efforts.

“I see a mature athlete at the top of her game trying to win a gold medal for her country,” said Alan Weiner of Danvers, who recalled coaching Duggan when she was a kid. “Fantastic.”

“I heard her interviewed before the game,” Weiner said. “She was so poised, so team-oriented that I am real proud to say I know her. ... Win or lose, she’s a winner. It’s pretty simple. When you get to this height as an athlete and have these challenges, it’s a fantastic thing for Danvers, the United States and the world.”

Paul Rallo of Danvers helped decorate the pub with balloons and a life-sized photo of Duggan. His daughters were friends with the Duggan family growing up.

“This is awesome,” Rallo said. “Chance of a lifetime for Meghan, for all of us.”

Elise Pydynkowski has been a longtime friend of the Duggan family.

“When she was growing up, she was such an excitable, boisterous, wonderful kid, had so much energy. We were always trying to calm her down. She was just unbelievable. Now that charisma is playing. She just has it.”

With the game in the balance in the final minutes of the third period, and the U.S. up 2-1, those in the pub watched a shot head toward an empty net. There was a roar that this could be the game clincher, then groans as it hit the post. The crowd moaned when replays showed how close the puck came to going in.

No one seemed to feel the tug of emotions more than older sister Katelyn Duggan, 31, who stood in the middle of the pub wearing one of her sister’s No. 10 hockey jerseys, the action of the game reflected in her face. At one point, as the game clocked ticked away and the team clung to a one-goal lead, teary-eyed Duggan could not bear to watch, and she covered her face with her hand.

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