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Canada 5, Sweden 3

Associated Press
Wednesday, February 11, 1998; 12:51 a.m. EST


NAGANO, Japan — Danielle Goyette, Canada's top scorer, had two goals in a 5-3 win over Sweden on Wednesday.

Goyette stole the puck on a faceoff midway through the first period, raced in and deked goalie Charlotte Goethesson out of her net, then shot the puck in the open side.

She put Canada up 5-2 just 34 seconds into the third period on a pass from Hayley Wickenheiser, who rushed the puck through the Swedish zone and fed Goyette in front of the crease.

Karen Nystrom and Nancy Drolet put Canada up 3-0 before the Swedes got on the board at 8:38 of the second, when star forward Maria Rooth, thwarted on her first solo rush through Canada's zone, made good on the second attempt.

Canada's Therese Brisson scored shorthanded at 15:05, but Sweden's Pernilla Burholm brought her team to 4-2 on a power play three minutes later. In the third, Christina Mansson made it 5-3 shortly after Goyette's second goal, tipping a pass from Gunilla Anderson past goalie Lesley Reddon.

Goyette, who learned the night before opening ceremonies that her father had died of Alzheimer's disease, started the game with four goals: a hat trick in Sunday's 13-0 defeat of Japan and one scored as Canada beat China 2-0 Monday.

Canada, the defending world champion, was tied 2-2 by fifth-ranked Sweden in an exhibition game shortly before the Olympic opening ceremonies.

© Copyright 1998 The Associated Press

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