Team Canada opened their Olympic home debut in Vancouver in dominant fashion, absolutely annihilating Slovakia (making their Olympic women’s hockey debut) in an 18-0 blowout to help set a clear tone for the tournament, and retain the International Hockey Lineal Championship.
In a game that featured twelve different scorers and four multiple-goal performances, Canada began the onslaught just 99 seconds into the first period and did not look back from there. Canada scored from all conceivable angles and situations, including two power play and two short handed goals, in an embarrassing performance for the Slovak defense, leaving goaltender Zuzana Tomčíková vulnerable and alone in net for all 18 goals. Canada outshot the Slovaks 67-9 on the day, giving Kim St-Pierre perhaps the easiest shutout of her career, and Canada on average got at least five times as many shots on net per period.
Both Meghan Agosta and Jayna Hefford notched hat tricks, while Carla MacLeod and Gina Kingsbury each scored a pair; single goals were split between Haley Irwin, Tessa Bonhomme, Colleen Sostorics, Sarah Vaillancourt, Marie-Philip Poulin, Caroline Ouellette, Catherine Ward and Cherie Piper. Team Canada, in front of a jubilant home crowd at Canada Hockey Place, sent a clear message to the rest of the tournament that they were determined to add a third consecutive Gold Medal to their arsenal. The win ties Canada’s all-time record for their largest ever victory in team history, tying a 19-1 win over the Netherlands at the 1987 Women’s World Tournament, and 18-0 wins over Japan at both the 1990 World Championships and 1996 Pacific Rim Championships.
With the win, Canada retains their 22nd International Hockey Lineal Championship they captured from the United States at the Four Nations Cup in November, successfully defending in four straight pre-Olympic exhibition games against the U.S. in the lead-up to Vancouver. This is the first ever meeting between Canada and Slovakia over the IHLC, and Slovakia’s first ever IHLC game. The win ties the all-time record for most lopsided victory in women’s IHLC history, matching the aforementioned 18 goal defeats. Canada next takes on Switzerland in group play, who had better get their goalies prepared for a similarly expected barrage of shots.
01:39 – GOAL – Irwin (Vaillancourt, Johnston)
03:06 – GOAL – Bonhomme (Hefford, MacLeod)
04:21 – PEN – Pravlíková, body checking
05:38 – PP GOAL – Agosta (Ouellette, Wickenheiser)
07:02 – PEN – Karafiátová, roughing
07:02 – PEN – Vaillancourt, roughing
08:21 – GOAL – MacLeod (Bonhomme, Ouellette)
08:36 – PEN – Kapustová, hooking
11:34 – GOAL – Agosta (Kellar, Sostorics)
12:48 – PEN – Čulíková, tripping
15:09 – GOAL – Kingsbury (Piper, Apps)
16:20 – GOAL – Sostorics (Hefford, Agosta)
19:24 – PEN – Agosta, hooking
23:42 – GOAL – Vaillancourt (Johnston)
25:33 – PEN – Babonyová, cross checking
27:21 – PP GOAL – Poulin
30:19 – GOAL – Agosta (Hefford, Ouellette)
31:48 – PEN – Irwin, hooking
32:00 – SH GOAL – Hefford (Wickenheiser)
32:44 – SH GOAL – Ouellette (Apps, Sostorics)
36:42 – GOAL – MacLeod (Poulin, Sostorics)
40:51 – PEN – Mikkelson, holding
44:23 – GOAL – Hefford (Agosta, MacLeod)
44:37 – GOAL – Ward (Vaillancourt)
46:54 – GOAL – Piper (Wickenheiser)
51:03 – GOAL – Hefford (Ouellette, Kellar)
52:52 – GOAL – Kingsbury (Botterill)
56:19 – PEN – Ward, interference
59:45 – PEN – Pravlíková, body checking
W: St-Pierre (9-9)
L: Tomčíková (49-67)
SHOTS ON GOAL
21+25+21 = 67
4+2+3 = 9
Goaltenders: Kim St-Pierre, Shannon Szabados. Defence: Tessa Bonhomme, Becky Kellar, Carla MacLeod, Meaghan Mikkelson, Colleen Sostorics, Catherine Ward. Forwards: Meghan Agosta, Gillian Apps, Jennifer Botterill, Jayna Hefford (A), Haley Irwin, Rebecca Johnston, Gina Kingsbury, Caroline Ouellette (A), Cherie Piper, Marie-Philip Poulin, Sarah Vaillancourt, Hayley Wickenheiser (C).
Goaltenders: Monika Kvaková, Zuzana Tomčíková. Defence: Petra Babiaková, Barbora Brémová, Iveta Karafiátová (C), Michaela Matejová, Petra Országhová, Edita Raková. Forwards: Natalie Babonyová, Nikoleta Celárová, Janka Čulíková, Nicol Čupková, Anna Džurňáková (A), Nikola Gápová, Maria Herichová, Petra Jurčová, Jana Kapustová (A), Zuzana Moravčíková, Petra Pravlíková, Martina Veličková.