The 1998 Christmas-Cup was supposed to be played in Russia this year. However, due to uncertain organisational conditions, the German and Swiss ice hockey federations cancelled their trips to Russia.
Germany is now organising a substitutional tournament in Unna (near Dortmund). The following teams are participating: Germany, Switzerland and Canada's Under 22 National Team. The game/practice schedule is shown in the next section.
Fri. 25.12. 08:00-09:00 Training Canada 18:00 Germany 1 - Canada 3 Sat. 26.12. 09:30-10:15 Training Canada 10:30-11:45 Training Germany 18:00 Canada 9 - Switzerland 0 Sun. 27.12. 08:30-09:15 Training Germany 09:30-10:15 Training Switzerland 10:30-11:45 Training Canada 18:00 Germany 2 - Switzerland 2 Mon. 28.12. 08:30-09:15 Training Canada 09:30-10:15 Training Germany 10:30-11:45 Training Switzerland 18:00 Canada 3 - Germany 1 Thu. 29.12. 08:30-09:15 Training Switzerland 09:30-10:15 Training Canada 10:30-11:45 Training Germany 18:00 Switzerland 0 - Canada 8 Wen. 30.12. 09:30-10:15 Training Switzerland 10:30-11:15 Training Germany 18:00 Switzerland 0 - Germany 1
Canada 4 4 0 0 23 2 8 Germany 4 1 2 1 5 8 3 Switzerland 4 0 3 1 2 20 1
Canada's National Under-22 team beat Switzerland twice on the weekend of December 19-20, 1998, as they prepared for the Christmas Cup tournament starting Christmas Day in Unna, Germany.
On Saturday December 19th, Canada defeated the Swiss team by a score of 5-0, with Tania Pinelli of Hamilton, ON getting the shutout by turning away 7 shots. Canada had 55 shots on the Swiss goaltender, with goals from Tammy Lee Shewchuk of Saint-Laurent, QC, Dana Antal of Esterhazy, SK, Corinne Swirsky of Thompson, MB, Kelly Bichard of Sedley, SK and Alison Stewart of Pense, SK. Olympic silver medalist Jennifer Botterill of Winnipeg, MB added two assists for Canada.
On Sunday December 20th, Swirsky had two goals and Caroline Ouellette of Montreal, QC had three assists to lead Canada to a 6-1 victory over the Swiss. Olympic silver medalist Hayley Wickenheiser of Calgary, AB opened the scoring 20 seconds into the second period, and Antal scored ten seconds later to give Canada a 2-0 lead. Botterill and Morag McPherson of Carberry, MB also scored for Canada.
Canada is using these games to expose young players to the international game and to further evaluate the talent pool for the high performance teams and the Women's World Championships which will be held in Finland in March 8-14, 1999.
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