U.S. women’s hockey player Alex Carpenter has a strong fan base cheering her on in Andover.
The 19-year-old Carpenter graduated from the Andover School of Montessori before going on to Governor’s Academy in Byfield, Boston College and now the Olympics.
On Monday, Carpenter, who is from North Reading, scored a goal in her second straight Olympic game as Team USA beat Switzerland during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
It was the second win in as many games for the Americans, who had outscored their two foes 12-1 in round-robin play.
Next up for Carpenter and team USA was the clash that everyone had been anticipating. As the Townsman went to press, Team USA was preparing to take on its bitter rival, Canada. Both teams were undefeated heading into Wednesday’s game.
Wednesday face-off was expected to be the first of two meetings between Team USA and Canada over the next week. Canada has won each of the last three Olympic gold medals over the U.S.
Carpenter is the daughter of NHL veteran Bobby Carpenter of Peabody. Team USA also includes captain Meghan Duggan of Danvers.
— Phil Stacey, staff writer