Team Canada followed its emotional 3-2 shootout win 24 hours ago against the U.S. with a dominating 13-0 win over Switzerland. Marie-Philip Poulin had a record-tying four goals and added an assist.
Canada outshot Switzerland, 79-16.
Perhaps the bigger story this night was the absence of three players from the game. Swiss coach René Kammerer opted to rest goalie Florence Schelling, starting Sophie Anthamatten instead. Although the move was counter-intuitive, Anthamaten was excellent and kept the score even remotely close.
For Canada, captain Hayley Wickenehiser and power forward Caroline Ouellette were both scratches after suffering injuries in the team’s first game. Jayna Hefford acted as caption tonight.
“Those two are a big part of our team and we were playing for them tonight,” Poulin said. “A couple of players scored great goals for us. We had a meeting with the coaches, talking about taking care of the details, and that’s what we did tonight. We got a lot of shots on net.”
Poulin joins Danielle Goyette, Angela James, and Laura Schuler as the only Canadians to score four goals in a Women’s Worlds game.
“It’s always an honour,” Hefford said of her captaincy. “To be recognized as a leader by the team is nice, but we have so many leaders on this team it doesn’t change a lot.”
Canada hammered 28 shots at Anthamatten in the opening 20 minutes, scoring the only two goals. Jennifer Wakefield opened the scoring at 4:40 when she barrelled down the left wing. She was stopped by Anthamatten but picked up her own rebound and flicked it in the open side.
Eight minutes later, Marie-Philip Poulin made it 2-0 on a goalscorer’s play. She carried the puck in over the blue line, outwaited the defence as she moved into the slot, and snapped a great shot over the goalie’s shoulder.
While the first might have been close on the scoreboard, the second wasn’t. Canada pummelled the Swiss to the tune of six more goals of all shapes and sizes. There was Rebecca Johnston’s wicked wrister on a power-play screen; a short-handed beauty from Hefford; a highlight-reel gem from Brianne Jenner, to name but half the period’s tallies.
Canada finishes preliminary-round play with a game against Finland on Friday while the Swiss play the Americans earlier that day.
“It’s always tough,” Hefford said of playing such a lop-sided game. “The challenge is to make sure we don’t get into bad habits. It’s easy to take long shifts or do things that won’t help us down the road. We had to stay disciplined and do the little things well.”
IHLC: With the win, Canada wins its second straight in its current International Hockey Lineal Championship reign, its 28th, which it won from the U.S. in their first World Championship game. Canada and Switzerland last played for the IHLC at the 2010 Olympics, where Canada crushed the Swiss 10-1 in preliminary action in Vancouver. Canada now finishes off group play next against Finland.
04:40 – GOAL – Wakefield
08:01 – PEN – Ward, body checking
10:38 – PEN – I. Waidacher, tripping
12:48 – GOAL – Poulin (Fortino)
22:18 – PEN – Dale, hooking
23:49 – PP GOAL – Johnston (Ward, Wakefield)
24:56 – PEN – Ward, checking from behind + 10 min. misconduct
25:30 – SH GOAL – Hefford (Poulin, Larocque)
28:11 – GOAL – Spooner (Johnston, Larocque)
30:05 – PEN – J. Marty, cross checking
33:32 – GOAL – Jenner
34:53 – PEN – Mikkelson, interference
37:46 – GOAL – Vaillancourt (Irwin, Rougeau)
39:58 – GOAL – Jenner (Wakefield, Mikkelson)
44:39 – PEN – Stanz, high sticking
46:23 – PP GOAL – Irwin (Agosta)
47:37 – GOAL – Poulin (Hefford)
50:44 – GOAL – Poulin (Hefford)
55:42 – GOAL – Mikkelson (Bram, Apps)
56:45 – GOAL – Poulin (Bonhomme, Jenner)
59:26 – PEN – Rougeau, body checking
W: Labonté (16-16)
L: Anthamatten (54-64), Slongo (12-15)
SHOTS ON GOAL
28+26+25 = 79
10+5+1 = 16
Goaltenders: Charline Labonté, Shannon Szabados. Defence: Courtney Birchard, Tessa Bonhomme, Laura Fortino, Jocelyne Larocque, Meaghan Mikkelson, Lauriane Rougeau, Catherine Ward (A). Forwards: Meghan Agosta, Gillian Apps (A), Bailey Bram, Jayna Hefford (C), Haley Irwin, Brianne Jenner, Rebecca Johnston, Marie-Philip Poulin, Natalie Spooner, Sarah Vaillancourt, Jennifer Wakefield.
Goaltenders: Sophie Anthamatten, Dominique Slongo. Defence: Livia Altmann, Nicole Bullo (A), Sarah Forster, Julia Marty (C), Sandra Thalmann, Meryl Vaucher, Karin Williner, Sabrina Zollinger. Forwards: Sara Benz, Mariko Dale, Romy Eggimann, Jessica Lutz, Stefanie Marty, Katrin Nabholz (A), Evelina Raselli, Andrea Schranz, Phoebe Stanz, Anja Stiefel, Isabel Waidacher, Monika Waidacher.