U18 Canadian Women shut out Finland at worlds

Laura Stacey scored twice and added an assist to power Canada to a 6-0 rout of Finland at the women’s world under-18 hockey championship Sunday.

Canada 6 Finland 0

STOCKHOLM, Sweden — Laura Stacey scored twice and added an assist to power Canada to a 6-0 rout of Finland at the women’s world under-18 hockey championship Sunday.

Stacey opened the scoring in the first period on the power play. Sarah Robson, Katarina Zgraja, Gina Repaci and Nicole Kosta added singles as Canada posted its second straight comfortable victory.

“It’s nice to have a balanced attack from all different lines,” said assistant coach Cassie Turner. “So we’re definitely very happy with that.”

Anne-Renee Desbiens made 10 saves for the shutout.

“There’s a lot of positive energy after the win for sure,” said Canada captain Sarah Edney. “We’re only getting better as we play more games together.”

Canada, which opened the tournament Saturday with a 9-1 rout of Switzerland, fired a whopping 59 shots at Finnish goaltender Isabelle Portnoj.

“We’ve been working to get pucks to the net and people to the net whenever we get an opportunity,” Turner said. “We want to continue to get better with every period, with every game.”

Canada has the day off Monday and will close out the preliminary round Tuesday against Germany.

“They’re a pretty physical team and they’ve won their first two games as well,” Turner said. “We take every opponent seriously and we’re just going to do our best to prepare against them.”

In other games Sunday, Germany topped Switzerland 4-2, the United States dumped Japan 7-1 and Sweden beat the Czech Republic 3-2.

Quarter-final action begins Wednesday. The medal games are scheduled for Saturday.

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