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Hong Stops 38 Shots in China Loss

Associated Press
Monday, February 9, 1998; 8:49 a.m. EST

NAGANO, Japan (AP) — Danielle Goyette tipped in Hayley Wickenheiser's shot and Vicki Sunohara added a breakaway goal as Canada defeated China 2-0 today in Olympic women's hockey.

Chinese goalie Guo Hong, the closest thing her team has to a star, turned back 38 of 40 shots. Canadian shots hit the posts, and one apparent goal was disallowed because a player was in the crease as Guo and her defensemen kept the game scoreless through the first period.

After Canada scored twice in the second period, the third was scoreless as well as Guo displayed an array of moves that were sometimes painful to behold, including splits along the length of the goal mouth.

The hard-fought game cost China one defenseman. Gong Ming slid into the boards behind Guo in the third period and had to be carried from the ice on a stretcher.

The 5-foot-7, 150-pound Gong, who turns 25 on Feb. 15, was chasing down a loose puck and lost her footing.

The nature of her injury wasn't immediately known. She appeared to hit the boards first with her right hip, then her shoulder before rolling onto her face and lying motionless. Her teammates helped emergency workers load her onto a stretcher to take her out.

© Copyright 1998 The Associated Press

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