It was a golden night in Bruderheim.
Residents gathered at the town fire hall Tuesday (Aug.31) evening to watch the gold medal match of the Hockey Women's World Championships in Calgary.
Team Canada defeated the United States 3-2 in overtime in the final game of the series. Canada was down 2-0 in the first period before rallying back to take the championship title.
Resident Dennis Maschmeyer was at the watch party hosted by the town to see his granddaughter, Emerance, suit up for Team Canada.
While Emerance didn't play in the final game, she had 12 saves in a 5-0 win over Switzerland and three saves in a 7-0 win against Germany.
"[It's] totally exciting, you know. Your heart pumps a little faster," he said. "She works very hard; she sets goals for herself. She doesn't need people to set goals for her."
Bruderheim's fire hall was decorated in Canada flags with plenty of drinks and snacks to go around.
"Tears and cheers flowing here," is how the town's CAO described the event over Twitter.
Maschmeyer hockey success
Emerance is one of Dennis' 14 grandchildren, eight of whom went on to play hockey at an elite level. The oldest, Brittaney, previously played for Team Canada on the U22 team, and one of Maschmeyer's grandsons currently plays in a league in Germany.
The family's hockey domination began when Dennis' son, Arlen, developed a passion for the sport. After moving up the ranks in the local hockey community, Arlen built a rink on the family farm near Bruderheim.
"When his kids were big enough, when they fell out of the crib, he put them on the ice, and they all loved it."
With the family's support and enthusiasm, Emerance went on to accomplish many feats as a goaltender before Tuesday's gold medal match. During her time as goaltender for Harvard University's women's hockey team, she set the team record of 2,538 career saves and is of the most accomplished goaltenders in Harvard Hockey history.
On top of her on-ice accomplishments, she graduated with honours from Harvard in sociology.
Maschmeyer looks forward to seeing where his granddaughter goes with her hockey career and beyond.
"To me, I think she's got all the qualities to succeed in whatever avenue she chooses in life. But what is beautiful about this is that I think hockey has created this dedication and sportsmanship."