A three-goal first period in today’s semifinal against Switzerland helped send Team Canada into yet another women’s hockey gold medal matchup with the U.S. at the Winter Olympics.
It wasn’t a runaway for the Canadian women, who have won the last three Olympic hockey titles. But they got the job done, thanks to Natalie Spooner’s two goals that came within four minutes of each other (both of which had Hayley Wickenheiser assisting) and a third insurance goal from Melodie Daoust that came 23 seconds after Spooner’s second tally.
Jessica Lutz‘s goal early in the second period got the Swiss within 3-1, but they wouldn’t get any closer than that. They’ll now play Sweden for the bronze on Thursday as the undercard to the fourth Canada-U.S. gold medal tilt in five Olympic women’s hockey tournaments.
Last week in round-robin play, the Canadians held off a late American rally to win, 3-2.
WOMEN’S HOCKEY – SEMIFINAL
Canada 3, Switzerland 1
CAN 1, SUI 0 – Natalie Spooner (Hayley Wickenheiser), 7:29
CAN 2, SUI 0 – Natalie Spooner (Catherine Ward, Hayley Wickenheiser), 11:10
CAN 3, SUI 0 – Melodie Daoust (Jennifer Wakefield), 11:33
CAN 3, SUI 1 – Jessica Lutz (Sara Benz, Laura Benz), 5:14
CAN – Shannon Szabados, 21 saves on 22 shots
SUI – Florence Schelling, 45 saves on 48 shots