Crowd gives Canadian women's team a lift

Canada captain Hayley Wickenheiser (Darren Brown/QMI Agency)

Canada captain Hayley Wickenheiser (Darren Brown/QMI Agency)

AEDAN HELMER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:31 PM ET

OTTAWA - Team Canada will be looking for a boost from the "seventh man" in its quest for gold.

"Playing at home is a big advantage for us," goaltender Shannon Szabados said before the women's world hockey championship opener against the U.S. Tuesday night at Scotiabank Place.

"We saw what it could do in Vancouver (at the Olympics in 2010), so I think it's just feeding off the energy of the crowd, having our families here, and at the same time sticking to our game plan and playing the game the right way."

While the crowd should be loud and proud, Szabados said the team's fortunes are still firmly in their own hands.

"It's a huge thing for us to have (the fans) behind us," she said. "We'll try to use their energy, but at the same time we have to create our own energy and not just rely on that."

Captain Hayley Wickenheiser said the energy from the crowd is "a big part of it.


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