BEMIDJI, Minn. – For the second time, Bemidji State women’s hockey forward Stephanie Anderson achieved something no other has done in program history, to win a gold medal in international competition. Anderson returned to Bemidji, Minn. last week after the United States Women’s National Team defeated Canada in overtime to capture the 2015 Four Nations Cup Championship in Sweden.
“It was a great experience,” said Anderson. “It was really fun, the girls were great and we battled every game. Just being in the locker room with those girls was a great experience.”
Anderson now owns two gold medals while competing with Team USA after winning gold in the 2015 IIHF World Championship last spring. Anderson says that her game continues to grow the more she plays with such high-caliber athletes.
“I learned a lot just practicing with those girls,” continued Anderson. “The practices were so fast that I think I’m even quicker and I think I learned, more than anything, the speed of the game.”
A team couldn’t win a championship in any more dramatic fashion than USA did on Nov. 8. Trailing 2-1 entering the third period, USA quickly tied it, 2-2, 1:46 into the period. Neither team could crack the others defense and were forced to declare a winner in the extra period. That’s when former University of Wisconsin Badger Hillary Knight found space behind Canada’s defense on a partial breakaway and scored the game-winner.
“Yeah, it was about 30 seconds into overtime and coach said that we had to get it done,” said Anderson. “Once Knight got it on her stick, we started jumping up and down because we knew that she would finish.”
Anderson believes that her time with Team USA isn’t over but knows that she will need to continue to put in the hard work that got her there in the first place.
“I’m just tying to take one camp at a time,” said Anderson. “I think if you look too far ahead, it kind of cripples you a bit. Right now I’m just focusing on winter camp and making the team again.
Anderson leads the Beavers with five goals this season, and will play at Sanford Center for the first time since departing for Sweden, this weekend when No. 6 Bemidji State hosts Minnesota State University Mankato, Nov. 20-21.
For more information on the Bemidji State hockey program, follow the Beavers on Twitter (@BSUBeavers), like them on Facebook (facebook.com/BSUBeavers) or sign up for the TXTUpdates from BSUBeavers.com text-messaging system through the "Multimedia" pull down menu on the main page of BSUBeavers.com.
Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooden region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, BSU sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).