Game Summary
Canada 11
China 0
Round Robin
Halifax Metro Centre
March 30, 2004

Triple Effort from Hefford
by Joel Mac Dougall

It was an 11-0 win for Team Canada over China tonight at the Metro Centre in Halifax.

Janya Hefford led Canada with a hat trick and an assist. The four point effort earned Hefford player of the game honours.

Hefford started and ended game scoring by going to the net and putting in rebounds. Her second goal came from just throwing the puck on net.

In her first World Championship game, Gillian Apps was able to make a significant contribution, scoring two goals. "It’s awesome to score my first goal," said Apps. "It was really nice to get the jitters out."

It was a valiant effort for the Chinese, who managed to cause a number of turnovers in the first period that created a couple of chances.
The first period was a moral victory for the Chinese. They played a very patient game and managed to clog up the middle of the ice and cut off a number of Canadian passes.

"It was a good start," said Canadian defence Gillian Ferrari. "We could have done better."

In the end, Canada proved to be too tough when they turned it on. Aside from getting into a bit of penalty trouble in the second period, they gave China little opportunity to score.

"Between the first and second period I told them we had to get better at our breakout," said Team Canada head coach Karen Hughes. "We got some good attacks after that."

The Chinese goaltender played a strong game despite what the scoreboard might indicate. Early on in the first, Hong Guo came sliding across to make a brilliant glove save.

It was shortly after making a terrific save off a Cherie Piper breakaway that Guo was hit in the head by Hayley Wickenheiser driving hard to the net. "I had a sore neck after, but it wasn’t that bad," said Guo.

Wickenheiser and Caroline Ouelette both had two goals each for Canada in the game. The scoring was rounded out by singles from Danielle Goyette and Vicky Sunohara.


Box Score
CAN

4

3

4

11

0

Compte
CHN

0

0

0

0

0


Scoring/Buts :
19.27 CAN Hayley Wickenheiser (Cheryl Pounder)
16.13 CAN Jayna Hefford (Jennifer Botterill)
13.49 CAN Dana Antal (Cherie Piper)
00.37 CAN Caroline Ouellette (Vicky Sunohara)

Penalties/Pénalités :
Therese Brisson CAN (Hooking) 10.07
Gina Kingsbury CAN (Boarding) 01.45
Xuan Li CHN (Roughing) 00.21
Scoring/Buts :
26.24  EQ Canada GOYETTE, Danielle (CAMPBELL, Cassie / WICKENHEISER, Hayley)
31.27  EQ Canada APPS, Gillian (ANTAL, Dana / PIPER, Cherie)
35.07 PP2 Canada SUNOHARA, Vicky (SOSTORICS, Colleen)

Penalties/Pénalités :
34.34 2 min China 18. MA, Xiaojun Delaying the game
33.11 2 min China 5. LI, Xuefei Holding
27.15 2 min Canada 10. APPS, Gillian Cross-checking
23.31 2 min Canada TEAM PENALTY Too many players on the ice
21.13 2 min Canada 16. HEFFORD, Jayna Boarding
20.21 2 min Canada 15. GOYETTE, Danielle Interference
Scoring/Buts :
40.48 Canada WICKENHEISER, Hayley (GOYETTE, Danielle / CAMPBELL, Cassie)
46.15 Canada APPS, Gillian (ANTAL, Dana / PIPER, Cherie)
53.06 Canada OUELLETTE, Caroline ( BOTTERILL, Jennifer / HEFFORD, Jayna)
59.42 Canada HEFFORD, Jayna ( GOYETTE, Danielle)

Penalties/Pénalités :
57.37 2 min China 12. JIN, Fengling Tripping

Goaltenders CAN Kim St Pierre
Gardiens de but CHN Hong Guo

Shots on Goal by Shots on Goal by

1st/1re

2nd/2e

3rd/3e

Final

Shots on Goal by CAN

17

18

17

52

Tirs au but par CHN

1

5

6

12


Officials Referee/Arbitre VORACEK Annette
Officiels Linesmen/Juges des lignes

ZITKOVA Jana
KONSTANTINOVA Marina


Attendance/Assistance 5,447

Canada Begins Quest for Eight on Tuesday
by Joel Mac Dougall

Team Canada officially begins its quest for an eighth straight World Championship Tuesday night when they play China at the 2004 World Women's.

Canada has the edge against China in this match-up when it comes to talent and experience, but they do not want to look too far ahead.

“The Chinese are a hardworking team,” said Team Canada head coach Karen Hughes. She then added, “We always have to keep getting better.”

Hughes hopes to use the game as a chance to work on special teams and make sure they get off to a good start.

Canada will ice a team that has not changed much since the gold medal performance at the Salt Lake City Olympics in 2002. In total 16 players remain from that team. Canada's starting goaltender has not been named for the first game, but the duties will most likely be shared throughout the tournament by  Sami Jo Small and Kim St. Pierre.

At the other end of the ice the Chinese will rely heavily on their goaltender. Hong Guo’s performance in net for the Chinese at the Salt Lake Olympics and the past few years of International play earned her the nickname the ‘China Wall.’

Even if the Chinese play at their best, they will be hard pressed to keep up with a team that will settle for nothing less than gold. “It always go for the gold,” said St. Pierre.

Canada is coming off a 9-1 victory over Sweden in an exhibition game Sunday night. “I’m happy with the lineup from [Sunday],” said Hughes. She added “we’ll continue to evolve the lineup,”

 

For more information:
Kalli Quinn Director, Female National Teams | Équipes nationales féminines