Canada unloaded on a helpless Swiss squad in their only pre-Olympic tuneup, thrashing the Swiss 10-0 in Goyang to retain the International Hockey Lineal Championship, guaranteeing that they will carry the title into the PyeongChang Games.
Brigette Lacquette, Natalie Spooner and Blayre Turnbull all notched a pair of goals, with Canada scoring from seven different players, and gaining points from thirteen. Lacquette and Spooner each finished with three points, while six other players had multi-point games.
Canadian keeper Shannon Szabados, who has largely been off the international circuit since the 2014 Sochi Games, turned away all 16 shots faced, while Swiss netminder Florence Schelling, in a valiant effort, stopped 38 of 48 shots faced, managing to hold Canada to a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes before Canada shelled Switzerland with five goals in the second period.
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 (which Canada leads 8-0), and their first meeting since the 2014 Olympic Semifinal in Sochi. 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.