photo: Hockey Canada
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Meghan Agosta.

Meghan Agosta in her first season with the Montreal Stars won the league scoring championship and set a new league record with 80 points - 41 goals and 39 assists.

See News Highlights March 8th, 2011 for Agosta's scoring at Mercyhurst College.

Happy 23rd Birthday at the Olympics.
by Heather McIntyre  |  Nov 2009

Three years into her criminal law degree, Meghan Agosta took a sabbatical for the 2009/10 season at Mercyhurst College in Eerie, Pennsylvania. Agosta has been the teams brightest light. She was captain in 2008-09 scoring 41 goals, 78 points in 32 games.

Prior to attending Mercyhurst, the Ruthvan, Ontario native won a gold medal with the Canadian national team at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino. She turned 19 the night she scored a hat trick against Russia during those Olympics.

“I was an alternate for the 2005 team for the world championships,” said Agosta, “I went there, I didn’t play but I practiced. Just being there and practicing with the girls is an experience in itself. I learned a lot even though I didn’t play.”

Agosta started to hit her stride just prior to the Four Nations Cup, Nov. 3 to 7, 2009. She scored a power play goal in the first game against Finland, assisted on Marie-Phillip Poulin’s goal against the U.S. in the round robin, and netted the second of five Canadian goals in the final 5-1 win against USA.

“I’ve been to many Four Nations but it’s still pretty amazing to be able to go there and wear your jersey with pride,” said Agosta. “It’s exciting every time you get to go overseas and play”

“The playing styles are different,” says Agosta, “The Scandinavian teams are more passive. They clog up the neutral zone where it’s hard for us to make those cross-ice passes. It’s more like skating into their zone that we have to do with quicker, shorter passes.”

Agosta said she notices more of a 1-1-3 style overseas which is a lot different than the Americans who play a lot more like the Canadians – a fast, fore checking style.

“We can’t take anything for granted,” said Agosta. “We’ve been playing very well, improving every day, playing the men’s teams and the opportunities we’ve had against the Americans. We’ve improved tremendously since the start of the season and I think our coaching staff has brought us to that next level with the power play and the penalty killing. Those are the little things we’ve been working on as well as in the defensive zone, and what to do with the puck when we get it in the offensive zone.”

On Feb 12, 2010 Meghan Agosta will celebrate her 23rd birthday just before the 2010 Winter Olympics begin. But for her, it will be all about the “we.”