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Women’s Olympic Preview: Canada vs. Switzerland

Sunday, February 13 | 11:10 p.m. ET | Beijing, China | Semifinal

February 12, 2022
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GAME NOTES: CANADA VS. SWITZERLAND (FEB. 13)

TV: CBC | Stream: CBC.ca

Canada’s Women’s Olympic Team enters its Olympic semifinal against Switzerland leading the tournament in goals for (44 in five games), goals against (just five), power play (a 50% success rate) and penalty kill (92.6%), and it has already beaten the Swiss once. Needless to say, momentum is on their side.

LAST GAME

Canada last laced up against Sweden in the quarterfinals on Friday morning, getting a full team effort (points from 16 different skaters) in an 11-0 win. Brianne Jenner and Sarah Fillier stayed neck-and-neck atop the goal-scoring race, netting a hat trick each to give them eight apiece in the tournament. Marie-Philip Poulin (in her 150th game) and Sarah Nurse each posted four assists, and Claire Thompson’s three assist performance gave her a new Olympic record for points by a defenceman in a single tournament (nine and counting).

The Swiss booked their spot in the semifinals with a 4-2 win over ROC on Saturday. Alina Muller was the hero, scoring the game-winner with 2:27 left – just 30 seconds after the Russians had tied the game – and adding an empty-netter to clinch it.

LAST MEETING

It was all Canada in the Olympic opener on Feb. 3. Two-goal games from Fillier, Laura Stacey, Natalie Spooner and Blayre Turnbull helped Canada to a 12-1 win. Spooner and Thompson finished with five points apiece for the Canadians, who tied their all-time Olympic high with 70 shots on goal (previously done Feb. 16, 2002 vs. Sweden).

WHAT TO WATCH

In her second Olympic appearance, Sarah Nurse has made every second count in Beijing. Returning from a lower-body injury that cost her almost two months of centralization, the Hamilton, Ont., native has racked up 12 points in five games (4-8—12), including a hat trick against Finland and the four-assist effort against the Swedes. Nurse has found a home on the left side of Canada’s top line alongside Poulin and Jenner; the trio has combined for 22 points across three games since Nurse joined against ROC in the prelims.

For Switzerland, all eyes are on Müller. In her third Olympics despite being just 23 years old, the Swiss star has been involved in eight of her team’s 10 goals in the tournament, scoring three times and setting up five others to leave her tied for seventh in scoring with Canada’s Jamie Lee Rattray. Müller has 21 points across her three Games, including the game-winning goal in Switzerland’s historic bronze medal game victory in 2014, when she became the youngest player ever to win an Olympic medal.

A LOOK BACK

While the Swiss women’s program has made huge strides, including Olympic bronze in 2014, Canada continues to own the head-to-head history, winning all 14 meetings.

At the Olympics, the Canadians have posted a quartet of wins, including the triumph 10 days ago – Hayley Wickenheiser and Cherie Piper had a goal and two assists each in a 10-1 win in 2010, Johnston scored once and added two helpers in a 5-0 prelim win in 2014, and Natalie Spooner netted a pair in a three-goal first period as part of a 3-1 semifinal win in Sochi.

All-time record: Canada leads 14-0
Canada goals: 121
Switzerland goals: 3

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LARGE:

GAME PREVIEW: CANADA VS. SWITZERLAND

One win away from a spot in a seventh-straight gold medal game, Canada’s Women’s Olympic Team takes its top-ranked offence into a semifinal showdown with Switzerland.

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Preview: Canada vs. Switzerland

One win from the gold medal game, Canada takes its top-ranked offence into a semifinal showdown with Switzerland.

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Canada takes its top-ranked offence into a semifinal against the Swiss.

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Preview: Canada vs. Switzerland

One win from the gold medal game, Canada takes its top-ranked offence into a semifinal against the Swiss.


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