Completing their perfect sweep of the Olympic Preliminary Round on home ice, Canada led another rout, this time a 13-1 win over Sweden, to go 3-0 while outscoring opponents 41-2 while retaining the International Hockey Lineal Championship.
Canada needed nearly seven minutes to strike the first blow against Sweden, with a Meghan Agosta one-timer putting Canada up 1-0. But a flurry of goals from Canada in the back half of the first, with four scored in a span of six and a half minutes, including the last two scored 30 seconds apart, putting Canada ahead 5-0 after the first period, getting goals from five different scorers and outshooting the Damkronorna 23-2. However, Canada’s five goal first seemed like child’s play compared to their second period onslaught, started with Agosta’s second, a tip in through a scramble in front of Swedish goalie Kim Martin, to go ahead 6-0 1:06 into the second.
Canada then struck three times in a span of 59 seconds, getting strikes from Jayna Hefford, Hayley Wickenheiser and Gillian Apps to move ahead 9-0 just 6:13 into the second. Agosta’s third on the night, a power play goal point shot that deflected off the Swedish defence and past Martin, gave Agosta the hat trick while having Martin prematurely pulled, in favour of Sara Grahn. Grahn would not fare much better, conceding a goal to Cherie Piper off a Wickenheiser wraparound pass just 78 seconds later, making the score 11-0. A Haley Irwin goal, again tipped in by a Swedish defender, made it 12-0 after forty minutes.
Canada eased off the gas in the third, equaling the Swedes in both shot and goal output, only getting a goal from Apps, scoring her second off a deflected Carla MacLeod pass that knocked off her shin and in. Sweden would break Charline Labonté’s shutout with less than eight minutes remaining, giving a faint glimmer of joy in an otherwise brutal game, on a Katarina Timglas tip-in during a power play to put the score at 13-1. Canada got goals from nine different players, including the hat trick from Agosta, as well as two-goal performances from both Apps and Piper.
With the win, Canada retains the International Hockey Lineal Championship, their 22nd title, that it brought to Vancouver following the Four Nations Cup in November, and defended with wins over Slovakia and Switzerland. This is the first meeting between Canada and Sweden over the IHLC since the aforementioned Four Nations Cup, where Canada retained the IHLC in a 4-0 win in the tournament opener. Canada next will face Finland in the Olympic Semifinals, with the IHLC and a trip to the Gold Medal Game up for grabs.
02:17 – PEN – G. Andersson, tripping
06:58 – GOAL – Agosta (Piper, Ouellette)
07:52 – PEN – Eliasson, roughing
09:16 – PP GOAL – Poulin (Agosta, Wickenheiser)
13:00 – GOAL – Piper (Wickenheiser, Sostorics)
15:27 – GOAL – Vaillancourt (Johnston, Sostorics)
15:57 – GOAL – Bonhomme (Agosta)
17:50 – PEN – Kingsbury, holding
21:06 – GOAL – Agosta (Hefford)
25:14 – GOAL – Hefford (Ouellette, Kellar)
25:36 – GOAL – Wickenheiser (Apps)
26:13 – GOAL – Apps (Irwin, Piper)
27:26 – PEN – G. Andersson, high sticking
27:59 – PP GOAL – Agosta (Ouellette)
29:17 – GOAL – Piper (Wickenheiser)
29:59 – PEN – Nevalainen, tripping
31:43 – PP GOAL – Irwin (Vaillancourt, Ward)
33:15 – PEN – Timglas, slashing
33:15 – PEN – Timglas, roughing (serving at 35:15)
35:48 – PEN – Holst, tripping
40:23 – PEN – Sostorics, hooking
47:43 – GOAL – Apps (MacLeod, Wickenheiser)
51:31 – PEN – Kellar, tripping
52:16 – PP GOAL – Timglas (Jordansson, Rooth)
54:32 – PEN – Poulin, body checking
58:05 – PEN – Rundqvist, interference
W: St-Pierre (4-4), Labonté (8-9)
L: Martin (23-33), Grahn (16-19)
SHOTS ON GOAL
23+20+9 = 52
2+2+9 = 13
Goaltenders: Charline Labonté, Kim St-Pierre. 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: Sara Grahn, Kim Martin. Defence: Emilia Andersson, Gunilla Andersson, Jenni Asserholt (A), Emma Eliasson, Frida Nevalainen, Emma Nordin. Forwards: Tina Enström, Elin Holmlöv, Erika Holst (C), Isabelle Jordansson, Klara Myrén, Maria Rooth (A), Danijela Rundqvist, Frida Svedin Thunström, Katarina Timglas, Erica Udén Johansson, Pernilla Winberg, Cecilia Östberg.