Women’s hockey notebook: Day 12
VANCOUVER — Canadian women’s hockey coach Melody Davidson says she didn’t come to the 2010 Winter Olympic Games looking forward to meeting any athletes or coaches from other sports, but she’s developed a soft spot for ice dancers Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue.
Davidson says that she ended up riding in the elevator with Moir and Virtue a couple of times at the athletes village this week and barely got a chance to wish them luck because the Canadian pair were both so keen on speaking to her about her team.
“They had their bags and they were obviously going off to skate and all they wanted to do was talk hockey,” Davidson said.
Davidson, who’s known for being coy about naming her starting netminder, wasn’t about to announce Tuesday her goalie for the gold-medal shot against the Americans on Thursday. And she was having fun with the media about that, too.
“No roster announcements, no roster announcements,” Davidson said, chuckling. “How about now? No. And now? No. How about now? No.”
When Shannon Szabados got the start over Kim St-Pierre in goal in the 5-0 semifinal win over Finland, it was assumed that she was Davidson’s No. 1 but Davidson denied that at a post-game news conference.
There have been newspaper stories calling Canadian winger Meghan Agosta the Sidney Crosby of women’s hockey. There have also been newspaper stories giving Canadian winger Marie-Philip Poulin that tag.
Canadian blueliner Carla MacLeod was offered a chance to clean up the mess, but only muddled it even more.
“Give me both of them, like the Sedin twins,” she said.
Through four games at the tournament, rearguard Catherine Ward is leading Canada in ice time, averaging 20:07 minutes per contest. Next up is fellow blueliner Colleen Sostorics, at 18:22. At the low end, oddly enough, is the team’s leading scorer Agosta, at 13:18. She’s just behind centre Haley Irwin and her 13:41.
With the Americans, defender Molly Engstrom leads the way at 22:01, followed by blueliner Lisa Chesson at 20:43. American forward Erika Lawler is at other end, at 10:44.
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