Canadian juggernaut rolls on
Meghan Agosta had three goals and two assists, Hayley Wickenheiser became the leading goal scorer in Olympic history, and Canada routed the toughest opponent in its preliminary-round group, beating Sweden, 13-1, yesterday.
Wickenheiser got her 16th Olympic goal among her 5 points, while Cherie Piper had two goals and two assists as the Canadians cruised into medal play with three victories by a combined 41-2.
Switzerland 5, Slovakia 2 - Stefanie Marty and Sara Benz scored 43 seconds apart midway through the third period, and the Swiss scored four times in the final 9 1/2 minutes to win handily.
Erika Lawler of Fitchburg, Mass., says she’ll play today against Finland after participating in practice on her bruised right ankle. Lawler missed the Americans’ 13-0 victory over Russia Tuesday.
Germany has just seven NHL players, including the Bruins’ Marco Strum, who was shaken up when Johnny Oduya hit him from behind in the second period. Oduya was called for checking to the head and neck area, plus a 10-minute misconduct.
Finland 5, Belarus 1 - Niklas Hagman scored two goals, including a beauty while sliding on one knee, in leading the Finns to victory in the opener for each team.
Olli Jokinen, Valtteri Filppula, and Jarkko Ruutu also scored, and Teemu Selanne had an assist to match an Olympic record with 36 career points.
In a late game Tuesday, Alex Ovechkin scored late in the first period to give the Russians a three-goal lead and early in the third to restore a four-goal cushion as Russia routed Latvia, 8-2.
US coach Ron Wilson says Ryan Miller will be in the nets for every game at the Olympics unless something “drastic’’ occurs.
The Bruins’ Tim Thomas served as the backup against Switzerland but will give way to the Kings’ Jonathan Quick of UMass today against Norway.
The US is 0-3 in the nine-game round-robin schedule.