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VANCOUVER Canada opened the Hockey Canada Cup with a 7 0 win over Sweden on Monday following Finland's 3 2 upset of the United States.
before Sunday's medal games, the Finns gained some valuable confidence with a rare victory over the defending world champions. only once before a 1 0 overtime win at the 2008 world championship in Harbin, China.
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Canada didn't want to give Sweden any similar momentum. on Thursday.
While it's early in Canada's preparation for the Olympics, the power play appeared in mid season form Monday with three goals on four chances a man up.
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"To score three goals is way better than just having one in the overtime.
we'll be able to come back strong the next time we play them. They're a great team and they're improving every time. It'll give us a little heads up that you can't look past a team."
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Goaltender Noora Raty, who was also in net for the historic win in Harbin, earned the victory with 49 saves.
Ward's goal with 13 seconds left in the second, and Wickenheiser and Kingsbury scoring within 15 seconds of each other to open the third, effectively put the game away for Canada. led 2 0 after the first period Monday, but Finland scored three unanswered goals for the win. and Canada, so it was huge for our confidence," Finland captain Emma Laaksonen said. "This was a game where I felt we actually played in the game.
The four country tournament is a test event for the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver next February.
Rebecca Johnston of Sudbury, Ont., and captain Hayley Wickenheiser of Shaunavon, Sask., each scored a pair of goals.
Haley Irwin of Thunder Bay, Ont., and Brianne Jenner of Oakville, Ont., each picked up a pair of assists. Edmonton goaltender Shannon Szabados needed just six saves for her shutout.
Note(at) Canada is currently carrying 26 players on its roster. Forward Jennifer Wakefield (shoulder), goaltender Charline Labonte (ankle) and defender Delaney Collins (concussion), defenders Becky Kellar and Tessa Bonhomme and forward Sarah Vaillancourt were scratches Monday.
Despite 41 saves and several acrobatic stops, Sweden's Kim Martin could not hold off the Canadians swarming her net. Sweden has a young team with 18 players under the age of 22 and their defence around their goal crease was porous.
Montreal defender Catherine Ward, Gina Kingsbury of Rouyn Noranda, Que., and Jayna Hefford of Kingston, Ont., also scored in front of an announced crowd of 2,335 at GM Place, which will be renamed Canada Hockey Place during the Games.
The Air Max Penny 4 hosts scored three unanswered goals in the opening period. The Swedes had an opportunity to claw their way back into the game with almost two minutes of a two man advantage to start the second, but they managed just one shot on net during it.
"We definitely had our chances and they buried theirs," Vetter said. "There was a couple flukey ones and then they took advantage of a power play.
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The Americans and Swedes square off Tuesday.
Those games can be viewed via webcast on Hockey Canada's website. Sunday's championship game will be carried by TSN on tape delay starting a midnight ET.
the third, while teammates Saara Tuominen and Michelle Karvinen each had a goal and an assist for the Finns in front of an announced crowd of 1,015.
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