The Canadian ladies’s hockey workforce opened its quest to reclaim Olympic gold with a 12-1 win over Switzerland on Thursday on the Beijing Video games.
Blayre Turnbull, Sarah Fillier, Natalie Spooner and Laura Stacey scored two objectives apiece for Canada. Rebecca Johnston, Ashton Bell, Claire Thompson and Erin Ambrose added singles.
“We performed effectively, however I feel we will even play higher, turning up the ice even faster than we did in the present day,» Spooner stated. «Clearly not having performed (since Dec. 17), we had been simply beginning to get again into it, constructing on the lead and maintain taking part in sooner transferring ahead.”
Lara Stalder’s power-play objective halfway by the third interval ended Canada goalie Ann-Renee Desbiens’ shutout bid.
Desbiens made a highlight-reel save on Stalder earlier, getting her glove up for the cease whereas sliding after blocking a rebound.
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Canada outshot the Swiss 70-15.
Canada suffered a blow halfway by the second interval when veteran ahead Melodie Daoust exited after she was hit by Swiss defenceman Sarah Forster whereas skating into the offensive zone.
Daoust is competing in her third Olympic Video games. She was named match MVP on the 2018 Video games in PyeongChang after scoring three objectives and 7 factors to assist Canada win silver and he or she additionally gained the MVP award on the 2021 World Championships.
Canada misplaced to the US within the 2018 PyeongChang closing, ending a run of 4 consecutive Olympic gold medals.
Canada returns to motion on Friday at 11:10 p.m. ET in opposition to Finland.
Earlier that day, Group Canada captain Marie-Philip Poulin will carry the flag together with short-track speedskater Charles Hamelin on the Opening Ceremony.