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Agosta: Opening defeat was a learning experience

Monday, 04.09.2012 / 4:58 PM / NHL Insider

By Meghan Agosta - Special to NHL.com

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Agosta: Opening defeat was a learning experience
Agosta: Opening defeat was a learning experience

The 2012 IIHF Women's World Championship starts Saturday, Apr. 7, in Burlington, Vt. Julie Chu from the United States team and Canadian team member Meghan Agosta will be blogging for NHL.com about their experiences during the tournament.

The 2012 IIHF Women's World Championship began Saturday in Burlington, Vt. Julie Chu from the United States team and Canadian team member Meghan Agosta will be blogging for NHL.com about their experiences during the tournament.

Team Canada's Meghan Agosta is blogging about the Women's World Championship for NHL.com. READ Meghan's First Blog
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When you think you are prepared and ready to play, and then you hit the ice and nothing goes your way, it can be frustrating. Canada got caught off guard Saturday while playing the United States, and it might have cost us a game, but we learned a lot from the outcome. We weren’t ready to play and got out battled all over the ice. After taking a time out, we settled down and then started playing Canadian hockey.

In sports, sometimes things don’t go your way and it is how you bounce back that shows character. Canada never gave up and even though the game ended in a loss, it was a learning experience for everyone. This loss has brought the team closer together and it will make us stronger in the end. It is important that Canada understands what happened in the game and to not forget how it felt. Individually, and as a team, we need to be more prepared to do whatever it takes.

In our game against Finland, we showed our ability to bounce back by sticking to the game plan and having great habits. Shift by shift, we battled hard and came out with a win.

Win or lose, tomorrow is a new day and another opportunity to get better.

Quote of the Day

That's a really tough thing to play through; when you finally are thrown out there, the game is fast, intense, every single play matters, you've got to find a way to play through that and make smart plays. So it's a huge testament to [Vermette] and some other individuals in our locker room that are putting their own ego, their own wants and needs aside, and are ready for those opportunities when they do come.

— Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews on teammate Antoine Vermette, who returned from being a healthy scratch in Game 3 to score the double-overtime winner in Game 4