Game Report 621 Olympic Winter Games - Women
PLAYED AT: Shayba Arena
Date: Feb 8, 2014
GAME NOTES: CANADA OPENS OLYMPICS WITH 5-0 WIN OVER SWITZERLAND WENDY GRAVES SOCHI, Russia – It was a total team effort as Canada's National Women's Team opened defense of its Olympic title with a convincing 5-0 win over Switzerland. Jocelyne Larocque (Ste. Anne, Man./Calgary, CWHL), Tara Watchorn (Newcastle, Ont./Calgary, CWHL), Hayley Wickenheiser (Shaunavon, Sask./University of Calgary, CIS), Marie-Philip Poulin (Beauceville, Que./Boston University, HE) and Rebecca Johnston (Sudbury, Ont./Toronto, CWHL) each scored. Johnston added two assists. Canada outshot Switzerland 69-14. Charline Labonté (Boisbriand, Que./Montreal, CWHL) picked up the win. Less than 24 hours after walking in the Opening Ceremony, the team showed no signs of being tired, scoring a mere 85 seconds into the game. Natalie Spooner (Scarborough, Ont./Toronto, CWHL) powered her way around the Swiss net and sent the puck back to the point. Larocque’s shot found its way through traffic to the back of the net, giving the Olympic rookie a goal on her first shift. Canada continued to dictate play and was rewarded five minutes later when Watchorn pounced on a Johnston rebound. The Swiss came out more energized and organized to start the second. And they looked to build on that momentum on an early power play. But with the Swiss enjoying its first player-advantage, Wickenheiser intercepted a drop pass from the defenceman, skated in alone and the beat the goalie with a forehand to the glove side. The line of Poulin, Johnston and Jayna Hefford (Kingston, Ont./Brampton, CWHL) constantly buzzed around the net in the period, and its persistent paid off when Poulin finished off a passing play from her linemates to make it 4-0 just past the 12-minute mark. Just over three minutes later, Johnston redirected a centering pass from Poulin off the goalie’s stick and in. Canada had several chances in the third, but a case of trying to make too many passes led to them not being able to convert. Swiss goalie Florence Schelling was the busiest player on the ice all game and did her best to keep her team in it. She made a great save on a Mélodie Daoust (Valleyfield, Que./McGill University, CIS) one-timer in the second and stopped Meghan Agosta-Marciano (Ruthven, Ont./Montreal, CWHL) on a partial break in the third. “She’s one of the toughest goalies I have played,” Poulin told CBC Sports after the game. “She’s amazing. I have a lot of respect for her.” Labonté, for her part, was solid when called upon. She had a pair of great glove saves in the third and was on her toes when a Swiss centering pass nearly went in off Meaghan Mikkelson’s (St. Albert, Alta./Calgary, CWHL) skate. “I think the first and the second (period) were a good start for us,” Poulin said. “The third was a bit of a struggle, but we got to build on first and second period for sure."
Visiting Team: Canada
Home Team: Switzerland
CANADA LINEUP
Pos No.   Name
G Szabados, Shannon
G31  Lacasse, Geneviève
G32  Labonté, Charline
  Agosta, Meghan
  Larocque, Jocelyne
  Rougeau, Lauriane
  Johnston, Rebecca
  Fortino, Laura
  Wakefield, Jennifer
 10  Apps, Gillian
 12  Mikkelson, Meaghan
 13  Ouellette, Caroline
 15  Daoust, Melodie
 16  Hefford, Jayna
 18  Ward, Catherine
 19  Jenner, Brianne
 21  Irwin, Haley
 22  Wickenheiser, Hayley
 24  Spooner, Natalie
 27  Watchorn, Tara
 29  Poulin, Marie-Philip
CANADA PENALTIES
Per. No.  Min  Offence Off PP PS Start On
2nd2:00 (auto) High-Sticking minor 3:091 3:0918:51
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
SWITZERLAND LINEUP
Pos No.   Name
G Alder, Janine
G28  Anthamatten, Sophie
G41  Schelling, Florence
  Nabholz, Katrin
  Forster, Sarah
  Marty, Julia
  Stalder, Lara
  Marty, Stefanie
 10  Bullo, Nicole
 11  Frautschi, Angela
 13  Benz, Sara
 14  Raselli, Evelina
 16  Waidacher, Nina
 17  Lutz, Jessica
 21  Benz, Laura
 22  Altmann, Livia
 25  Müller, Alina
 61  Eggimann, Romy
 63  Stiefel, Anja
 88  Stänz, Phoebe
 92  Thalmann, Sandra
SWITZERLAND PENALTIES
Per. No.  Min  Offence Off PP PS Start On
1st92 2:00 (auto) Interference minor 7:041 7:0414:56
1st2:00 Slashing minor 13:471 13:478:13
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
CANADA Goals CANADA PLAYERS (plus) SWITZERLAND PLAYERS (minus)
Per. Time    G-As1-As2    
1st1:25  3-24            
1st6:30  27-6            
2nd3:54 SH 22            
2nd12:28  29-6-16            
2nd16:10  6-29            
SWITZERLAND Goals SWITZERLAND PLAYERS (plus) CANADA PLAYERS (minus)
Per. Time    G-As1-As2    
                
                
                
                
                
POWER PLAY OPPORTUNITIES
CANADA 0 / 2
SWITZERLAND 0 / 1
PENALTY SUMMARY
CANADA 2 min / 1 inf
SWITZERLAND 4 min / 2 inf
POINT SUMMARY
CANADA 5 G + 5 A = 10 Pts
SWITZERLAND 0 G + A = 0 Pts
SCORING 1 2 3 Total
CANADA2305
SWITZERLAND0000
GOALTENDER/SAVES (Time) 1 2 3 Tot. On Off
CAN - Labonté (60:00) (W)35614/0:003rd/20:00
SUI - Schelling (60:00) (L)27162164/0:003rd/20:00
Stars of the Game TIME OF GAME:
  -  Start: 8:00 AM
  -  End: 8:00 AM
  -  Attendance:
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CERTIFIED CORRECT
 


This report has been checked and verified against the Official Olympic Winter Games - Women Game Report.