If you had Team Cananda vs Team USA in your Women’s Olympic Hockey pool, then that prediction is looking pretty solid after today’s action. The Canada women’s hockey team walked away with an easy 5-0 shutout win over Switzerland. Canada spent the majority of the game on the offensive attack, out shooting the Swiss 69-14.
While the five goal deficit may not reflect it, Swiss goaltender Florence Schelling made some spectacular saves and had to stand on her head for the full 60 minutes. At the other end of the ice, Canadian Charline Labonte could have made a considerable dent in her Amazon reading list.
At the end of the first period, Canada had a 2-0 lead and had 29 shots on net (Switzerland had 3). Switzerland crossing the blue line was viewed as a considerable accomplishment by the crowd in attendance. Canada’s alternate captain, Hayley Wickenheiser scored shorthanded for Canada’s third goal, off a beautiful pass from Switzerland (yes, you read that right, only way it could really be described). After that, Canada was really able to sit back and cruise through the rest of the game.
It comes as no surprise that Team Canada dominated on the opening day of hockey action. The only thing that appears to be standing in their way is the US team, who would like the exact some revenge over the disappointing Silver Medal finish in Vancouver. While the men’s tournament is sure to make the most headlines throughout the 2014 games, the inevitable US vs Canada showdown in the Women’s tournament may prove to be the best and most anticipated hockey game at Sochi.
Team Canada will next meet up with Finland, who gave the US a much better game when compared to the Swiss. Canada may welcome the stiffer competition, as the early rounds are used to build chemistry and sort out the competition. They do not want every game to be a snoozefest. Later in the week, we will get our first US / Canada showdown.