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Friday February 17, 2006
Hockey commentator Don Cherry criticized the
Canadian women's hockey team Wednesday for
running up the score against their weaker
opponents at the Winter Olympics.

He was referring to Canada's 16-0 shellacking of
host Italy to open the tournament Saturday, followed
by a 12-0 victory over Russia on Sunday.

Cherry, speaking from Toronto on CBC-TV, said the
women made a big mistake.

Canada has outscored the opposition 36-1 over its
three preliminary-round games, while the U.S. has
an 18-3 advantage.

Cherry wasn't the first to criticize the Canadian
women's team. American defenceman Angela
Ruggiero, considered the best at the position in
women's hockey, told SI.com, Sports Illustrated's
website, earlier this week that she was upset that â
€œCanada has been running up the score,
especially against the host nation.�

Canada wants to be the home team and have the
last line change should it, as expected, make the
gold-medal game. If two teams are tied in points, the
seeding is determined by which team has the
highest goal differential.
Don Cherry slams Cdn women for scoring too much
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