Saturday night in Burlington, Vermont might have been the site of the darkest five minutes in the history of Canadian hockey–male or female!
Five goals in the opening six minutes for Team United States against Team Canada at the Women’s World Hockey Championships en route to an amazing 9-2 thrashing. That’s right. Team Canada only gave up four goals in last year’s Worlds for the entire tournament.
Before I criticize some key areas of the Canadian National Women’s program, I need to praise the United States. Jocelyne Lamoureux, and her twin sister Monique are the two best female hockey players on the planet right now. Jocelyne scored two goals and one assist and Monique had three goals and three assists. The Canadian defense simply had no answer for the twins.
The Canadian defense had no answers period, as they allowed the United States to dominate in the scoring opportunity department. Expect Shannon Szabados of Edmonton to play the rest of the games in the tournament going forward. Charline Labonte might have just played the last game of her career ever for Team Canada. She was that bad in giving up seven goals on 22 shots.
The Team Canada executive will also have to make some major changes, regardless how the rest of the tournament goes. I would recommend naming former star Danielle Goyette the immediate head coach. Goyette, who is an assistant coach with the National Team in Vermont, has experience both as a player and as a coach. She recently led the University of Calgary Dinos to their first ever CIS National Championship in school history.