Wickenheiser bails out Canada again

PAUL FRIESEN

, Last Updated: 8:42 AM ET

Team Canada has gotten used to having Hayley Wickenheiser bail it out of trouble.

That's the good news, and the bad, about yesterday's 5-4 shootout victory over the U.S.

The U.S. led, 4-2, midway through the second period, when Wickenheiser scored the goal that swung the momentum back in Canada's favour.

She also helped set up the tying goal, and scored the shootout winner.

"Hayley won the game for us," Canada's Delaney Collins said. "She just keeps proving why she's our captain and our leader."

Great stuff, right?

Not so fast.

"I don't want to be winning games for us," Wickenheiser said. "I want four lines to be rolling. And I want us to come out flying."

Canada certainly didn't do that, falling behind, 2-1, through 20 minutes.

When the deficit was 4-2 in the second, Wickenheiser was thinking she might have to turn things around.

"You never want to go out and try to force things, either," she said. "I just knew if I could stay patient, and wait for that opportunity, you only need one or two chances in a game to make a difference sometimes."

Team Canada boss Melody Davidson said Wickenheiser was "phenomenal."

"I don't stand on the bench thinking Hayley's going to go do it," Davidson said. "She's having a terrific tournament. She'll make me look good if she keeps doing that for a couple more games."

Wickenheiser leads all scorers with five goals and six assists in three games.


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