Canada opens with 5-0 win over Switzerland in Olympic women's hockey
Canada defencemen Jocelyne Larocque (3) celebrates her goal with Canada forward Natalie Spooner, centre,and teammates while playing against Switzerland during first period women's Olympic hockey action at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia on Saturday, February 8, 2014. (Nathan Denette / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
The Canadian Press
Published Saturday, February 8, 2014 10:19AM EST
Last Updated Saturday, February 8, 2014 12:24PM EST
SOCHI, Russia -- The Canadian women's hockey team found their legs quickly Saturday after a late night at the opening ceremonies of the 2014 Winter Olympics.
The Canadians pelted Switzerland's goaltender Florence Schelling with 69 shots and earned a 5-0 victory to open defence of their gold medal.
Hayley Wickenheiser, who carried the flag for Canada on Friday, scored a short-handed goal with Jocelyne Larocque, Tara Watchorn, Marie-Philip Poulin and Rebecca Johnston also scoring.
Goalie Charline Labonte earned the 14-save shutout, while Schelling was a workhorse in the Swiss net with 64 saves.
"After last night's ceremony and all the buildup, I think it was a really good day for all of us to get on the ice and get to the reason why we're here which is playing hockey," Canadian head coach Kevin Dineen said.
"We got our game in order. It looked like we had a heck of a lot of energy out there today, which was part of what we'd talked about probably too much over the last couple of weeks, but it certainly showed in the game today, so it was certainly a good start for us."
Larocque and Watchorn were among eight players on the Canadian team playing in their first Olympic hockey game.
Canada is ranked second in the International Ice Hockey Federation's world rankings behind the United States. Switzerland is ranked third.
The Canadians face Finland on Monday. The Finns fell 3-1 to the U.S. on Saturday.