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Canada put on a dominant performance in its pre-tournament match against Finland on Tuesday, beating their opponents 5-1 in the Women's World Championships tune-up.
The Canadian team was in control from the start, scoring four unanswered goals in the first period. Captain Marie-Philip Poulin opened the scoring in the first minute, and was followed soon after by goals from Blayre Turnbull, Emily Clark and Sarah Nurse.
Finland managed to break the shutout in the second period, with a goal from Venla Hovi, but the Canadians responded with a goal from Jill Saulnier in the third period to seal the victory.
Goaltender Shannon Szabados made 23 saves in the win, while her counterpart, Noora Raty, made 34 saves in the loss.
The win is a good sign for the Canadian team, which is looking to make a statement at the Women's World Championships, which begin on April 3. The Canadians have won the tournament the past four years, but have faced stiff competition from the United States in recent years.
The Canadians will now turn their attention to the tournament, where they will face off against the United States, Finland, Russia, Switzerland, and Japan. The team will be looking to defend its title, and prove that it is still the team to beat in women's hockey.