Blayre Turnbull, Natalie Spooner and Brigette Lacquette scored two goals apiece, pacing Canada’s Women’s Olympic Team to a 10-0 win over Switzerland on Sunday in its final pre-tournament game ahead of the PyeongChang Games.
The Canadians scored early and often, getting goals from seven different players and points from 13.
Spooner and Lacquette led the way with three points each, while Laura Fortino and Mélodie Daoust had a goal and assist apiece, and Meghan Agosta, Marie-Philip Poulin and Jennifer Wakefield added a pair of helpers each.
Shannon Szabados turned aside all 16 shots she faced for the shutout.
Fortino got the scoring started just 65 seconds into the first period; that would be the lone goal of the opening frame despite Canada holding a one-sided 19-5 advantage in shots on goal.
The floodgates opened in the second period, starting with a no-look marker from Turnbull at 4:14. She added her second just over two minutes later, and Lacquette rocketed home a power-play goal at 13:26 for a 4-0 lead.
Spooner counted twice in the final five minutes of the middle stanza; she finished a feed from Wakefield to make it 5-0, and went glove side on Swiss goaltender Florence Schelling in the final minute to push the advantage to 6-0 after 40 minutes.
Daoust converted the Canadian touchdown at 12:41 of the third period before Jillian Saulnier forced a turnover and converted a shorthanded opportunity for the 8-0 goal.
Renata Fast netted the ninth goal at 16:33 – her first international marker – and Lacquette capped the festivities with just one second to go, hammering in another point shot.
Canada heads to PyeongChang early next week, and opens its quest for a fifth-consecutive Olympic gold medal against the Olympic Athletes from Russia on Feb. 11.
IHLC: With the victory, Canada retains their 34th and current International Hockey Lineal Championship, which they won in December from the United States in a pre-Olympic exhibition game, retaining in another three exhibition victories over the same U.S. squad. Canada and Switzerland, who met in the first ever women’s IHLC match in 1987, faced off for the eighth time, and in their first meeting since the 2014 Olympic Semifinal in Sochi, improving Canada to 8-0 all-time. This game also marked the first ever IHLC matchup to be played in Korea, men’s or women’s. Canada will now march into PyeongChang with the IHLC, their first meeting in one week’s time against the Olympic Athletes From Russia.
01:05 – GOAL – Fortino (Poulin, Agosta)
10:24 – PEN – Fast, tripping
13:40 – PEN – S. Benz, high sticking
17:18 – PEN – S. Benz, hooking
24:14 – GOAL – Turnbull (Wakefield, Mikkelson)
26:31 – GOAL – Turnbull (Spooner)
32:51 – PEN – L. Benz, tripping
33:26 – PP GOAL – Lacquette (Agosta)
35:35 – GOAL – Spooner (Wakefield, Lacquette)
39:17 – GOAL – Spooner (Rougeau)
46:41 – PEN – Nurse, kneeing
49:12 – PEN – Allemann, tripping
52:41 – GOAL – Daoust (Poulin)
54:06 – PEN – Stacey, body checking
54:39 – SH GOAL – Saulnier
56:33 – GOAL – Fast (Fortino, Daoust)
59:59 – GOAL – Lacquette (Clark)
W: Szabados (16-16)
L: Schelling (38-48)
SHOTS ON GOAL
19+19+10 = 48
5+5+6 = 16
Goaltenders: Geneviève Lacasse, Shannon Szabados. Defence: Renata Fast, Laura Fortino, Brigette Lacquette, Jocelyne Larocque (A), Meaghan Mikkelson, Lauriane Rougeau. Forwards: Meghan Agosta (A), Emily Clark, Mélodie Daoust, Haley Irwin, Brianne Jenner (A), Rebecca Johnston, Sarah Nurse, Marie-Philip Poulin (C), Jillian Saulnier, Natalie Spooner, Laura Stacey, Blayre Turnbull, Jennifer Wakefield.
Goaltenders: Janine Alder, Florence Schelling. Defence: Livia Altmann (C), Laura Benz, Nicole Bullo, Nicole Gass, Christine Meier, Shannon Sigrist, Stefanie Wetli, Sabrina Zollinger. Forwards: Tess Allemann, Sara Benz, Sarah Forster, Alina Müller, Evelina Raselli (A), Lisa Rüedi, Dominique Rüegg, Phoebe Stänz, Lara Stalder (A), Isabel Waidacher, Monika Waidacher, Nina Waidacher.