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Canada Cruises to Gold Medal Game Berth With Blowout Over Switzerland

Canada will play for gold in Beijing after beating Switzerland 10-3 in women's hockey action.
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Canada will play for gold in Beijing after beating Switzerland 10-3 in women's hockey action.

Canada has played in the gold medal game in every instance of the women's Olympic hockey tournament dating back to 1998. Canada has won it five times, with the last win coming against the United States in 2014.

The win also marks the fourth time Canada scored double digits during the Olympics, including a 12-1 win over Switzerland to start the tournament.

Switzerland will look for its second bronze medal, taking the title last in 2014 in the team's third Olympic tournament. It was the only time they played in the bronze medal game.

The first period was all Canada. Claire Thompson scored at 7:16 with a shot that soared over a partially screened Andrea Braendli, only for Jamie Lee Rattray to score a minute later. Blayre Turnbull and Renata Fast scored one each before the period was half over to chase Braendli out of the Swiss net in favor of Saskia Maurer.

Maurer was left alone on Erin Ambrose's goal at 10:40 as Canada moved out to a 5-0 lead, a lead that made the final result a done deal. 

That didn't stop the Swiss from putting a couple on the board. Lara Stalder scored her first goal at 18:37 on the power play and repeated that at 29:44, five minutes after she set up Alina Muller for the 5-2 goal. 

Unfortunately for Switzerland, two goals from Marie-Philip Poulin and one from Emily Clark made it 8-3 heading into the second intermission, erasing any real damage the Swiss could get on Canadian netminder Anne-Renee Desbiens. Emma Maltais and Brianne Jenner both scored in the third to finish off the scoring for Canada.

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