Ferrari trying to get scoring game in gear

KIRK PENTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 1:26 PM ET

Gillian Ferrari thought she was set for a long, productive offensive career with the Canadian women's national team.

The defenceman from Thornhill, Ont., joined the team in 2001 and scored in her first game, which came against Sweden.

"Probably (head coach) Mel (Davidson) was like, 'Oooh, this is a good one. I can see her on the power play,' " Ferrari said. "Yeah, not so much. I still have only that one goal."

That's right. It's been 47 long games since Ferrari last dented the twine in international action.

"Not to toot my own horn, but I scored in the first game against the boys (last week in Dauphin), but that doesn't go on the hockey card," she said. "I have to pick them out at the right time. I'm just wasting my goals."

BREAK SLUMP

The affable 26-year-old figures she knows what she has to do to break out of her slump.

"The one-goal quota has been reached," she joked. "It's time to change sticks."

NICE DIGS: Ah, the joys of being the home team.

Canada will be using the Manitoba Moose's swank MTS Centre dressing room for the women's worlds, and Ferrari is liking the setup.

"Have you been in that dressing room? It's beautiful," she said. "We're really comfortable. I don't want to brag in front of the other teams, but I think we got the good one."

NEW LINE CINEMA: Canada captain Hayley Wickenheiser will have to get used to a new wing, since Cherie Piper is out of action after undergoing knee surgery.

"I definitely miss Cherie," Wickenheiser said. "She's a really good hockey player, and she's having ACL surgery, so that's obviously a major injury. She's a big loss for us."

Wickenheiser and wing Gillian Apps were skating with Danielle Goyette at yesterday's practice, but head coach Melody Davidson said that could change at any moment.

Wickenheiser would love to have the veteran Goyette alongside her.

"We've played together for so many years, over 10 years probably, and we know each other well and where each other is on the ice," Wickenheiser said. "She's a great goal scorer and has a good head for the game."

STEVIE Y: Legendary NHL great Steve Yzerman will be in Winnipeg today, and it's expected the GM of the Canadian men's hockey team will announce his coaching staff for the world championship at a press conference this afternoon at MTS Centre.

The men's worlds will be held April 27 to May 13 in Moscow.

BY THE NUMBERS: Preliminary round games that are tied after regulation will go to a five-minute, four-on-four overtime session and, if needed, a shootout. This is the first women's worlds where regulation wins are worth three points. An overtime or shootout win will get a team two points, and overtime or shootout losers will earn a single point ... Canada's preliminary round record in the nine-year history of the tournament is 26-0. It has outscored opponents by a total of 256-9.


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