By Josh Ferguson
Team Canada booked a berth into the semifinal with a 13-1 thrashing of Sweden at UBC Thunderbird Arena Wednesday.
Canada came out swinging at the Swedes in a rematch of the 2006 gold medal game in Turin as five different Canadians found the back of the net in the opening frame to take a 5-0 lead into the intermission.
The Canadians smothered Swedish goalie Kim Martin in the first and outshot the Swedes 23-2.
The host nation’s team added seven unanswered goals in the middle frame and one more in the third to put the exclamation mark on the victory.
Meghan Agosta collected her second hat trick of the tournament and added two helpers to move into first place in tournament scoring with 12 points. The goal gives here eight total for the tournament and ties Danielle Goyette’s record for most goals scored by a woman in an Olympic tournament.
The record night continued when Shaunavon, Sask., native Hayley Wickenheiser scored in the second period to break Goyette’s record for the all-time lead in goals scored by a woman in Olympic hockey all-time with 16. Wickenheiser added four helpers on her way to a five-point night.
Katarina Timglas scored the lone goal for the Swedes on the power play at 12:16 of the third. Maria Rooth and Isabelle Jordansson picked up assists on the play.
Canadian coach Melody Davidson gave the start to Kim St-Pierre who stopped all four shots she faced before being relieved by Charline Labonte to start the third. Labonte became the third Canadian goalie to see action this Olympics and stopped eight of the nine shots she faced.
At the other end, Martin stopped 23 of the 33 shots she faced before getting pulled midway through the second period for Sarah Grahn, who made 16 saves on 19 shots.
Canada finished 3-for-7 on the power play, while Sweden went 1-for-4 with the man advantage.
Canada finishes the round robin with a perfect 3-0 record and will have some time off until its semifinal game against Finland Monday.
Sweden advances to the medal round as well and will likely battle the United States for a berth into the gold medal game.