A headline in some editions of yesterday's Sports section incorrectly listed the opponent in the Canadian Olympic hockey team's 1- 0 victory. Canada defeated Poland. (Published 2/16/88)
CALGARY, FEB. 14 -- The heavily favored Canadian hockey team took an unimpressive 1-0 Olympic victory over Poland.
Marc Habscheid scored 4:22 into the game, but the fourth-seeded Canadians couldn't capitalize on any other opportunities as goalie Gabriel Samolej played outstandingly for the eighth-seeded Polish team.
Andy Moog, one of 12 former NHL players on Canada's team, was rarely tested in making 17 saves. When he was, he almost failed. At 5:22 of the third period, Krystian Sikorski took a 55-footer from straight in front of Moog, who barely got his hand up in time. The puck ticked off his glove, hit the crossbar, then bounced in front of the net.
In their five previous Olympic meetings, Canada outscored Poland, 48-2. In the last 19 games between them, Canada's scoring advantage was 261-9.
The Swiss team surprised Finland, 2-1, Peter Jaks and Jakob Koelliker scoring within a 92-second span of the first period. The Finns are seeded fifth, the Swiss ninth. Finland is considered one of the top hockey-playing nations in Europe and has six former NHL players.
Earlier, the top-seeded Swedish team, tied with 12th-seeded France after the first period, scored nine goals in the second period and won, 13-2.
Sweden's top goalie, Peter Lindmark, did not play. Peter Ashlin filled in, and faced only 17 shots.
Jens Mueller, 22, an East German student, easily beat Austrian Markus Prock's course record twice to take the lead halfway through the Olympic luge singles.
A runner-up to Prock in the 1987 World Championships, he did the 4,104-foot course at Canada Olympic Park in 46.301 seconds on his first run. He followed with a 46.444 for a total of 1:32.745 going into Monday's final two heats that, when added to Sunday's, will determine the gold medal.
Georg Hackl, 21, of West Germany, who won the European championships last month, was less than two-tenths of a second behind at 1:32.908 after runs of 46.355 and 46.553. Iouri Khartchenko, 24, the Soviet national champion, was third at 1:32.996 (46.391 and 46.605). Defending Olympic gold medalist Paul Hildgartner of Italy, who is competing with a new type of sled, was 10th with a time of 1:33.698.
Cross Country Skiing:
The Soviet Union's Vida Ventsene, 23, a student teacher in only her third season of international racing, held off teammate Raisa Smetanina, 36, by 8.7 seconds to win the women's 10-kilometer race and earn the first gold medal of the Winter Olympics. She ran the 6.2 miles at Canmore Ski Center in 30 minutes 8.3 seconds for her first major international title. Smetanina, a four-time Olympian, finished in 30:17.0 to earn the eighth medal, and fifth silver, of her Olympic career.
Finland's two-time defending World Cup overall champion, Marjo Matikainen, prevented a Soviet sweep by taking third in 30:20.5, six seconds ahead of the Svetlana Nagueikina.