Canucks eye revenge

BROOKES MERRITT -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:47 AM ET

A silver cloud hung over Canada's national women's hockey team as it returned from Sweden to Pearson Airport yesterday.

For the first time in eight years, Canada failed to win gold at the women's world hockey championships, falling 1-0 in the final in a shootout against the U.S.

Players weren't fans of the international hockey rule prohibiting multiple overtime periods, but didn't make excuses for the loss.

"It's a tough pill to swallow when you shut out five teams in a row and lose the gold that way," defender Becky Kellar said. "But those are the rules."

Forward Jayna Hefford was among three Canucks who couldn't beat American netminder Chanda Gunn in the shootout.

"I've thought about a number of things I wish I'd done, but it doesn't help," Hefford said.

"It's time to look forward to Turin."

Team members will be heading to Calgary this summer to prepare for the 2006 Winter Olympics in Italy, where captain Cassie Campbell said the girls hope to turn silver into gold.

"The fire is already burning," she said. "We'll be looking for revenge."


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