Room for improvement

PAUL FRIESEN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:40 AM ET

Not bad, but nothing to write home about, either.

That was the consensus after Team Canada opened the World Women's Hockey Championship with a 9-0 win over Switzerland last night.

"I'd give it between a six or a seven (out of 10), depending on the moment," head coach Melody Davidson said. "We were a bit of a roller-coaster, at times. We had some good habits, and at times we, not so much freelanced, but tried to beat people one-on-one. And we weren't supporting like we should.

"But it's early in the tournament, so that's to be expected. We've got to start flattening that out, and not have the peaks and valleys."

Playing like that against the Swiss is one thing. But later in the tournament, against the U.S., it could be fatal.

"We have to be more disciplined in a lot of areas," Davidson said. "I'm confident that'll come as we go along. But I can't let them slide, because if they fall too far back, it's hard to bring them back."

Defenceman Delaney Collins didn't disagree.

"It made us realize we have a lot of work to do," Collins said. "We have to sharpen up a little bit."

The boss will be sure to show her players their mistakes on film today. Game tape, after all, doesn't lie.

"They'll be exposed, completely," said Davidson.

FACEOFF TO REMEMBER: It's Game 1 of the World Women's Hockey Championship, a crowd of some 10,000 in the stands -- and look who's on the ice for the opening faceoff.

Winnipeg's Jennifer Botterill and Collins, who's from Pilot Mound, the only two Manitobans on Team Canada.

"Perfect," a beaming Collins said after the game. "That's really, honestly a dream come true, especially being from small-town Manitoba. That was extra-special and I made sure that I enjoyed it."

The fact both Botterill and Collins were in the starting lineup was no coincidence, of course.

Davidson made the decision before the game.

"That's respect," Davidson said. "You do that when you play in people's home towns or provinces. I know they appreciate it."


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