By SUN STAFF
With the Olympics up and running, several former and current Red women’s ice hockey players have made their debut at this year’s Games. Four players — 2012 graduate Rebecca Johnston, 2013 graduates Laura Fortino and Lauriane Rougeau and current senior Brianne Jenner — are members of Team Canada’s powerhouse women’s team.
All four players have seen ice time in Team Canada’s two games so far. Canada defeated Switzerland, 5-0, in its opening game, and took down Finland, 3-0, two days later.
Johnston, a first-team All-American her senior year, currently leads Team Canada with four points. She recorded one goal and two assists against Switzerland and one goal against Finland. Johnston also played with Team Canada in its 2010 gold-medal-winning Olympic run.
Although the other players have yet to enter the scoresheet, each comes to Team Canada with strong credentials. Jenner, who nearly made the 2010 Olympic roster, won a silver medal with Canada’s national team at the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation women’s world championships. Rougeau — Cornell’s only four-time All-American in program history — and Fortino played defense together for the Red and are defensive partners again for the current Olympic games.
Team Canada plays its next match at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday against perennial rival the United States.