Ice Hockey: Ruthless Canada demolish Swiss

Vancouver  – Canada cruised past Switzerland 10-1 on Monday in another Olympic Games women’s hockey rout.

After thrashing Slovakia 18-0 in their opening game to set a new Games record, the Canadians were 2-0 ahead by the end of the first period with Gillian Apps and Sarah Vaillancourt on target.

Meghan Agosta then accounted for two of Canada’s three second-period goals after Cherie Piper scored off a Hayley Wickenheiser rebound at 2:19.

Switzerland scored with 13.3 seconds left in the second period when Darcia Leimburger pitched the rebound from Kathrin Lehmann’s slapshot over an outstretched and diving Shannon Szabados.

But Canada kept pouring forward in the third period with Jayna Hefford outracing Julia Marty to score a shorthanded goal.

Catharine Ward and Marie-Philip Poulin added two more in the space of 19 seconds with Rebecca Johnston and Wickenheiser also on target.

Florence Schelling was then pulled from the Swiss goal to be replaced by Dominque Slongo. Together, they faced a barrage of 62 shots on goal.

“We played fine, we didn’t battle as hard as we could. Our job was to win the hockey game and we did,” said Canada coach Melody Davidson, who also defended her team in the wake of the demolition of Slovakia.

“It’s definitely mentally hard. They care what Canadians and the world thinks of them. All we hear is about how we’re classless and disrespectful. It’s a no-win situation,” she added.

Swiss coach Rene Kammerer refused to be too downbeat after the defeat.

“Every year, every championship, every Olympics you see the progress of the countries. Women’s hockey made big progress during the last four years at all levels and all teams,” said Kammerer.

Later Monday, Sweden and Slovakia meet in another Group A game.

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