Canada wins laugher in women's hockey
Botterill, Wickenheiser lead way in 11-0 win over China to finish atop Pool A at worlds
Canada coasted to an 11-0 victory over host China at the world women's hockey championship Sunday, with Jennifer Botterill and Hayley Wickenheiser racking up four points apiece.
Cherie Piper added a goal and three assists for the Canadians, who finished first in Pool A.
Canada, Finland and the United States finished atop their respective groups with 2-0 records and will play each other in the next round. The top two squads square off for the gold medal April 12 in Harbin.
The third-place team plays for bronze against the winner of the runners-up round between Sweden, Russia and Switzerland, all 1-1.
Botterill and Wickenheiser potted two goals each, with Carla MacLeod, Gillian Apps, Meghan Agosta, Caroline Ouellette, Jayna Hefford and Sarah Vaillancourt adding singles.
Charline Labonte turned aside nine shots for the shutout.
Her Chinese counterpart, Yao Shi, who played for the Western Women's Hockey League's Calgary Oval X-Treme this winter, stopped 28 of 37 shots.
She was replaced early in the third period by Dandan Jia, who allowed two goals on nine shots.
Earlier on Sunday, the U.S. handled Switzerland 7-1 in a Pool B matchup and Finland beat Sweden 3-2 in overtime to take Pool C.
Germany, China and Japan, all 0-2, fall to the relegation round. The country that ends up last in the tournament drops to the second-division world championship in 2009.
With files from the Canadian Press