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Canada beats Switzerland 5-0 in Olympic women's hockey action

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According to the Hockey Canada website, Team Canada won their first game of the Olympic women's hockey tournament on Saturday with a 5-0 victory over Switzerland in group A action.

Rebecca Johnston of Sudbury, Ontario led Canada in scoring with one goal and two assists for three points. Five different Canadians scored goals. Jocelyne Larocque, Tara Watchorn, Hayley Wickenheiser and Marie-Philip Poulin also found the back of the Swiss net. Wickenheiser and Poulin also notched an assist and joined Johnston in recording a multi-point game.

Wickenheiser's goal was key because it was shorthanded with Lauriane Rougeau in the penalty box for high-sticking. Then just over eight minutes later, Canada basically confirmed their victory when Poulin found herself open on an odd-woman rush and easily scored in a wide open net.

Canada hammered the Swiss net with 69 shots. Swiss goaltender Florence Schelling was brilliant as she made 64 saves. Meanwhile Charline Labonte of Boisbriand, Quebec made 14 saves for the shutout.

Canada will next play Finland, who lost 3-1 to the United States on Saturday, on Monday morning at 8:00 a.m. on CBC.



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