by Amy Moritz
ERIE, Pa. -- Mike Sisti has a simple and diplomatic answer when asked how he handled his loyalties for the USA-Canada women's Olympic hockey showdown. The Buffalo native and Canisius College graduate roots for Team USA to win but for his former player, Megan Agosta, to be the Canadian star of the game.
"I tell everyone, I’m American so I want the U.S. to win but I want Megan to do well," Sisi said Friday night after his Mercyhurst women's team earned a 4-1 win over Lindenwood. "So if the U.S. wins 4-3 it would be nice if Megan scores the three goals."
Agosta played for Mercyhrust from 2006-09 taking off the 2009-10 season to train with the Canadian national team. She won gold and was the Olympic MVP in Vancouver then returned to Erie for her senior season in 2010-11.
And it's been quite enjoyable for Sisti to watch Agosta develop as a player.
"It’s just nice to see her evolve," Sisti said. "I know when we recruited her she was pretty much a fourth-liner on her first Olympic team and after three years with us she was MVP in Vancouver. Then she came back for her year to graduate and this year she’s even more powerful.
"The one thing, we set a goal for her to try and become the best player in the world. Which is a lofty goal, but we’ve seen steady improvement from her with her confidence, maturity, the way she trains. She’s always been talented but now she’s clearly an elite athlete who’s powerful. That’s what makes her so dominating on the world scene. It’s been nice and she’s a great person."