VANCOUVER -- Another shot at Olympic gold for Team Canada, and a Canadian Olympic record for 23-year-old forward Meghan Agosta.
With the third goal of the game, and her ninth of the tournament, at 16:41 of the second period, Agosta set a new Canadian tournament record for goals, surpassing retired forward and three-time Olympian Danielle Goyette during Canada's 5-0 win against Finland.
Having competed in her first Olympics at just 19, she has proven to be one of Canada's biggest offensive threats the second time around, and she continues to stand out on a team that many are saying is the country's best women's squad yet. Agosta also had an assist, helping her country reach the gold-medal game for the fourth straight Olympics.
Despite setting the record tonight, Agosta was quick to look to the team's goal of making it to the gold-medal final and to give all the credit of her goal-scoring success to her veteran linemates Caroline Ouellette and Jayna Hefford.
In fact, it was Hefford who first inspired Agosta to play the sport -- 10 years her junior, she attended Hefford's hockey school as a youngster. Hefford continues to bring along her younger teammate with motivating notes before each game.
"I love to play with Jayna," Agosta told NHL.com. "It's one thing to play on the same team with her, another to play on her line. She's a great player, a great leader and one of the best in the world."
Perhaps her development from a rookie in 2006 to a confident goal-scoring winger in 2010 can be attributed to the amount of time she spends watching and learning from those around her – not passing up on the opportunity to study those who have been there before.
One of those players that she watches from a distance is Swedish Olympic gold medalist and Stanley Cup Champion, Henrik Zetterberg. Agosta's hometown of Windsor, Ontario is just a stone's throw across the river from Joe Louis Arena, where Zetterberg stars for the Detroit Red Wings.
"I think Henrik Zetterberg is a great hockey player. I'm from Windsor so I get to go watch him sometimes," Agosta said. "I got to meet him in the (Olympic) cafeteria and I think I was a little nervous asking him for his autograph. I definitely idolize Henrik."
Whether it is Zetterberg or Hefford, Agosta is following the right footsteps in her journey. It's probably safe to say that with 14 points in four games (9 goals, 5 assists), Canadian fans all across the country hope she continues her production in the gold-medal game against Team USA on Thursday.