February 08, 2014

Sochi 2014: Women's Hockey: European Goalies Stand Tall

This is Florence Schelling - goaltender for Switzerland .She opened the Sochi 2014 Olympics with an expected loss to Canada. But what a performance she had in the 5-0 loss.

Schelling, who starred at Northeastern University and now plays pro womens hockey in Canada for Brampton, stopped 64 of 69 shots to keep the score respectable for the Swiss.

Jocelyne Larocque and Tara Watchorn scored for Canada in a dominant first period in which they outshot the Swiss 29-3.

Rebecca Johnston collected a goal and two assists while Hayley Wickenheiser and Marie-Philip Poulin also scored.

Charlene Labonte made 14 saves for the shutout as Canada begins it's quest for a 4th consecutive Olympic gold medal in women's hockey.

Interestingly, this victory is the first for new coach Kevin Dineen. The former NHL and 1984 Olympian took over as head coach a couple of months back. 

Schelling is no stranger to Olympic success. In 2006 she had a remarkable 93.9 save percentage and 2.40 GAA. Her performance helped her win Switzerland's Woman of the Year in 2007.

USA 3 - Finland 1

Hilary Knight, Kelly Stack and Alex Carpenter - the daughter of former NHL star Bobby Carpenter - all scored in the United States' tournament-opening 3-1 win against Finland at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
Susanna Tapani scored for Finland, while goaltender Noora Raty was outstanding stopping 40 of 43 shots. Raty led the University of Minnesota to back-to-back NCAA championships in 2012 and 2013.

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