By Josh Ferguson
The Canadian women’s team followed up their record-setting performance in Game 1 of the women’s Olympic tournament with a 10-1 win over Switzerland in their second game of Group A action at UBC Thunderbird Arena Monday night.
Gillian Apps got Canada on the board with a power play marker 6:27 into the first by deflecting a shot from Gina Kingsbury over the shoulder of Swiss goaltender Florence Schelling.
Sarah Vaillancourt added another in the first by snapping home the rebound on a failed breakaway by Rebecca Johnston. The goal proved to be the game-winner as Canada would add three more in the second and five more in the third to solidify the victory.
Canada outshot their opponents 62-12 and improves to 2-0 in round robin play, while Switzerland drops to 0-2.
Ruthven, Ont., native Meghan Agosta continued to shine for the Canadians in early-Olympic competition by netting her tournament-leading fourth and fifth goals.
Six different Canadians supplied the rest of the offensive production, including captain Hayley Wickenheiser, who scored her first goal of these Olympics and her 15th all-time, tying Danielle Goyette’s record for most goals scored by a Canadian woman in Olympic competition.
Jayna Hefford’s goal with the Swiss on the power play in the second period was her second shorthanded goal of the tournament, giving her a total of four goals in two games.
Canadian coach Melody Davidson elected to give the start in goal to Shannon Szabados and the 23-year-old stopped 11 of the 12 shots she faced in her Olympic debut.
Swiss goaltender Florence Schelling stopped 45 of the 55 shots she faced before she was pulled in the third period in favor of Dominique Slongo after giving up four goals in just fewer than three minutes.
The lone goal for the Swiss by forward Darcia Leimgruber has some historical weight to it as it marks the first time Switzerland has scored on Canada in the history of international play. It’s also the first goal scored for Switzerland-and scored against Canada-in the 2010 tournament.
Canada (2-0) looks to sweep round robin play in Group A when they take on the Swedes on Wednesday afternoon. The Swiss (0-2) will look for their first win in Vancouver when they battle Slovakia later that evening.
By Josh Ferguson