Women roll into semis
BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun
Canada's Gillian Apps, left, is congratulated at the bench after scoring against Sweden during a 2006 Winter Olympics women's ice hockey match Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2006, in Turin, Italy. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

TURIN -- Canada's women's hockey team is human after all.

Yes, the Canadians actually gave up a goal yesterday.

Just when it was supposed to get tough, Canada continued its romp through the Turin Olympics tournament by whipping Sweden 8-1 yesterday.

The Canadians upped their record to 3-0 at the Games, but saw their shutout streak come to an end at 156 minutes 12 seconds. Canada advanced to Friday's semi-final against Finland, which led the U.S. 3-1 yesterday before surrendering six straight goals in a 7-3 setback.

"We're just trying to play the best hockey we can and go out there and get the job done," Canadian forward Daniel Goyette said. "We played well as a team and we want to keep improving as the tournament goes on."

The win over Sweden came 24 hours after Canada was ripped by U.S. defenceman Angela Ruggiero for running up the score on the host Italians 16-0 in the opener Saturday.

"I'm upset that Canada has been running up the score, especially against the host nation," Ruggiero told SI.com.

"There was no need for that. They're trying to pad their stats."

The Canadians didn't seem to care about what Ruggiero had to say about them.

"We don't think about that stuff and we're not concerned about it either," Canadian forward Cherie Piper said. "We're focused on trying to win the gold medal and we're certainly not thinking about what anybody is saying about us."

Gillian Apps led Canada yesterday with three goals.