Minnesota State men's hockey alum David Backes got a silver medal after Canada defeated the U.S. 3-2 in overtime on Sunday afternoon in a fabulous gold-medal game. Backes and current MSU women's player Nina Tikkinen were the first Maverick athletes to get Olympic medals (Tikkinen and Team Finland got a bronze). Hopefully banners for both players are in the works and will be hung in the Verizon Wireless Center and All Seasons Arena, respectively
Backes finished the tournament with one goal (a spectacular end-to-end rush on the first day of competition) and two assists. He also had one penalty in more than 64 minutes of play and ranked tied for fourth on Team USA with a +4 rating. The line of Backes, Chris Drury and Bobby Ryan was definitely the Americans' grind line.