Monday, March 1, 2010

Another Mankato medal

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.

(Associated Press photo)

1 comment:

Ian said...

What an Olympic tournament. I always feel let down when the Games end.

That overtime game was amazing. Probably the 2nd best game I've ever watched on TV, just behind the 2OT Mavs/Goofs games a few years ago.

Congrats to David, Nina, and Emilia. All three should have banners or something for representing the Mavs so well.