Canada’s women’s Olympic hockey team tops Swiss once again
The Canadian women’s hockey team looked strong as they defeated Switzerland 10-3 on Day 10 to advance to the gold medal game at the 2022 Winter Games.
Five of Team Canada’s goals came in the first period with Claire Thompson starting things off at seven minutes 16 seconds. She was followed by Jamie Lee Rattray and Blayre Turnbull.
The Swiss changed goaltenders in an attempt to hold off the Canadians, only to have Renata Fast score immediately after at 9:21. Erin Ambrose added to the score to make it 5-0 at 10:40.
Lara Stadler of Switzerland scored late in the first period, taking advantage of a high-sticking penalty by Canada’s Micah Zandee-Hart, bringing the tally to 5-1 at the intermission.
Both teams were able to find the back of their opponent’s net in the second period, as Alina Muller and Stalder each notched goals for Switzerland, while captain Marie-Philip Poulin scored twice and Saskatoon’s Emily Clark scored once for the Canadians.
Up 8-3 entering the third period, Canada’s Emma Maltais and Brianne Jenner added insurance goals to secure their team’s victory.
The gold medal game will take place on Day 13 with the puck drop scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 16 at 10:10 p.m. (SK time).
Team Canada will face defending Olympic champions, the United States in the final. The two teams met in the preliminary round with Canada coming out on top 4-2.
Read the full game recap at hockeycanada.ca
McMorris sits eighth after big air qualification
Regina’s Mark McMorris will look for his second medal of the Beijing Olympics after advancing to the snowboard big air finals on Day 10.
Based on his two best runs in the qualification round, McMorris will move on to the Day 11 finals in eighth place with a score 147.25 points.
Fellow Canadians Max Parrot advanced to the finals in the top spot with a score of 164.75 while in 12th place, Darcy Sharpe was the last qualifier with a score of 142.00. The big air final runs are scheduled for Monday, Feb. 14 at 11 p.m. (SK time).
McMorris finished 10th in the big air event at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics. Earlier in the Beijing Games, he captured bronze in the slopestyle event.
Upcoming Saskatchewan competition
Prince Albert’s Adam Cracknell and the Canadian men’s hockey team will play China for the second game in a row on Day 11, this time in the qualification round. Puck drop is slated for Tuesday, Feb. 15 at 7:10 a.m.
Olympic Notes: Read the full recap of Day 10 at olympic.ca…Canada added to the medal count with a bronze medal for Christine de Bruin in the women’s monobob event. Canada’s medal count is 15 (one gold, four bronze and 10 bronze)