The first two women’s games are history at the 2010 Olympics.

Sweden shut down a hard pressing Swiss squad for a 3-0 win at the UBC Thunderbird Arena this afternoon and Canada hung 18 on Slovakia in front of a near sellout at Canada Hockey Place.

First impressions of the 18-0 thrashing by the host team would be, “why didn’t they call off the dogs?” While the Canadians didn’t stop pushing, the Slovaks pushed right back. The fiercest competitor of the night was Slovakian goaltender Zuzana Tomcikova. Of her 49 saves at least a dozen were highlight reel. Tomcikova and the rest of her teammates received an awe-inspiring standing ovation from the pro-Canadian crowd. The salute that the Slovaks returned was equally memorable. Definitely one of the best memories from the early going here in Vancouver.

Not to be forgotten, the afternoon game between Sweden and Switzerland was rather run of the mill. Two early whistles negated goals on either side, that would only have changed the final outcome of the day to 4-1 in favor of Tre Kronor.

The Swiss played a smart disciplined game that kept them alive for all 60 minutes. However, their defense first game limited their offensive chances. The Swiss may have had five quality chances, and that is generous.More credit needs to go to the Swedes, however. The defending sliver medalists blocked as many shots as goaltender Kim Martin turned aside. So equal credit is deserved by both goaltender and teammates.

The US women take the ice tomorrow against the Chinese while the Finnish and Russian women will face-off later in the day. You can catch the USA on USA Network (pun) and the Finns and Russians on CNBC.

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