Sochi recap: Women’s ice hockey

With the Americans winning the first semifinal over Sweden 6-1 earlier on Monday, the potential for a rematch of the 2010 gold medal game was set. The Canadians did not disappoint, as they defeated Switzerland 3-1 to reach the gold medal round.

Date: 17-Feb-2014

Sport: Women’s ice hockey

Score: Canada 3, Switzerland 1

What happened: While Switzerland played tough early on, moving its forwards into defense from the start, the Canadians needed fewer than 8 minutes to score their first goal.

Canada’s Natalie Spooner skated behind the net past a Swiss defender to the near faceoff circle and fired a wrist shot that beat Swiss goalie Florence Schelling over her glove hand into the top corner of the net.

The Swiss were in full retreat after the first goal, and allowed back-to-back penalties. While Switzerland killed off the first, Spooner scored her second goal off a deflection. Shortly after, Canada tacked on a third when Melodie Daoust put back a rebound.

Canada outshot Switzerland 18-5 in the first period and had two more goals disallowed for interference in the crease.

The only solace for the Swiss came in the form of an injury timeout for a linesman and the final horn of the period.

In the second period, Switzerland earner a small glimmer of hope when Jessica Lutz scored a power play goal against the run of play.

Canada continued to press for more goals after the Swiss scored, but they were unable to find the back of the net in either of the final two periods.

While the Swiss were unable to recover from their poor start, Schelling kept her team in the game by stopping 45 of 48 shots including 22 in the second period alone.

With the loss, Switzerland will play against Sweden for the bronze medal.


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