The Salem News
---- — In a span of 71 seconds, the color of Team USA’s medal at the International Ice Hockey Federation’s Women’s World Junior Championships changed.
For 22 players under age 18, Marblehead’s Lexie Laing among them, coming home with a silver medal in their first opportunity to skate wearing red, white and blue is still pretty good.
Canada scored with 13 seconds left in regulation to erase Team USA’s lead, then netted the winning goal just 50 seconds into overtime to beat the Americans, 2-1, in the Women’s World Junior Championsgold medal game played in Heinola, Finland on Saturday.
The Americans were coached by Beverly native Jeff Kampersal, the women’s head coach at Princeton and a member of the St. John’s Prep Hall of Fame.
“I thought we had 22 leaders and 22 followers on our team,” Kampersal said in a USA Hockey news release. “They came together really quickly. They’re incredible kids and players and they gave their heart and soul in this game. I’m proud of our team and I can’t speak highly enough about the character of these girls.”
Laing, 16, attends Nobles and Greenough and had two assists in the tournament. She was one of the better face-off specialists in the tourney as well, winning six of eleven draws in the gold medal game and winning all 11 draws she took in the semi-finals. Laing joins her older sister Brianna as a silver medalist, with Brianna having won silver as a goalie in last year’s competition.