Wednesday, March 31, 2004

36 and 0 and counting!

The Canadian Women’s hockey team remains perfect in World Championships. Last night they defeated China 11-0 kicking off the 2004 tournament in fine style. Definitely having China’s number, Canada has outscored them 41-2 in the five matches in tournament history. On Tuesday night, Jayna Hefford led the way for Canada with a hat trick, Hayley Wickenheiser and Gillian Apps had two goals each, while Dana Antal, Danielle Goyette, Vicky Sonohara and Caroline Ouellette all marked one each.

Controlling all facets of the play, Canada put on a clinic last night in front of 5,400 fans at Halifax’s Metro Centre. As high as the score was it could have been a lot worse, Chinese goaltender Hong Guo, who is nicknamed the Great Wall of China, tried valiantly to keep her team mates in the game, making many saves, but eventually the amount of play in the Chinese end took its toll. Canadian goaltender Kim St. Pierre didn’t have a lot of work to do, but remained sharp on the few occasions the Chinese team crossed her blue line.

Canada takes the day off today, taking on Germany on Thursday in their final game of the Pool A play. Despite the one sided nature of the game, Canada feels they still have some work to do to get their game in top shape. They fully expect to be in their groove, the further along the go. The fans of Halifax can’t wait.

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