U.S. women's gold medal in hockey inspires local girls hockey team

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Redemption. That's what was finally achieved this Olympics for the U.S. women's hockey team when they finally captured gold.

"There has been an awesome shift happening within the women's game," Riptide head coach Carrie Jokiel says. "Especially since U.S. team just won the gold medal, which was huge."

Last weekend was the AK Frozen Cup, the second annual all girls hockey tournament.

""We get to play against older kids," 8 year-old Roxie Merrick says. "And that's super fun because when they are older that means we have more competition."

Motivated by seeing their heroes accomplish a goal, these girls are now pushing towards goals of their own.

"I want to be the first girl in the NHL," 8 year-old Blake Phillips says with a smile.

All made possible because a hockey team believed.

""It meant a lot because they had to wait four years to have a whole other chance to try to win it again," Phillips giggled.

"It meant a lot because they worked really hard to get there and they deserved to be there and it meant a lot to me because they worked really hard to do that," Merrick says.

But what they are taking away from that accomplishment means so much more.

"Really, having good sportsmanship with my other teammates," says Merrick.

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