Canada books spot in gold-medal game with win over Switzerland

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The Canadian women’s hockey team is through to its seventh consecutive Olympic gold-medal game.

Marie-Philip Poulin scored twice and Canada cruised to a 10-3 win over Switzerland in the semifinals on Monday at the Beijing Games.

Canada will play the winner of the Finland-United States semifinal (Monday, 8:10 a.m. ET) in the final on Wednesday at 11:10 p.m. ET.

With 54 goals in six games, Canada broke the record for goals scored in an Olympic tournament. The old record of 48 was set by Canada during the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games.

Melodie Daoust made her return to the Olympic tournament. The star winger had been sitting out with an upper-body injury from Canada’s first game of the Winter Games.

Canada exploded early with five goals in the first period. The floodgates opened when Clare Thompson, Jamie Lee Rattray, Blayre Turnbull and Ranata Fast all scored in the first 9:21 of play.

This forced Switzerland to make a goalie change, subbing out Andrea Braendli for 20-year-old Saskia Maurer. Erin Ambrose added a fifth Canadian goal before the Swiss broke the ice courtesy of captain Lara Stalder to close out the first period.

The second period saw five goals shared between both sides. Alina Mueller scored a second for the Swiss before Canada responded with goals from Emily Clarke and Canada captain Marie-Philip Poulin. Stalder added her second of the game.

Poulin rounded out the goal festival with a highlight-reel play to beat Maurer on a breakaway.

In the third period, Emma Maltais added her first goal of the tournament while Brianne Jenner bagged her ninth — tying an Olympic record for women’s hockey.

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