Canada beats Finland 3-0 in Olympic women's hockey

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 10, 2014 at 12:20 pm •  Published: February 10, 2014
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SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Canada needed 50 minutes to finally get a puck past Finland goalie Noora Raty.

So when Megan Agosta scored to break a scoreless tie in the third period, it was a big relief.

"I've never seen them celebrate as much as they celebrated that first goal," Raty said Monday night after Canada won 3-0 to clinch a spot in the Olympic women's hockey semifinals. "That showed they were probably getting frustrated. We have never beaten Canada in our history, but this showed we are maybe closing the gap."

Agosta scored on a power play with 10:33 left in the third period, and Jayna Hefford and Rebecca Johnston added insurance goals to keep Canada unbeaten in the round-robin heading into Wednesday's matchup with the United States. The two North American countries are the only ones to have won an Olympic or world championship gold medal.

"We expected it to be a great game and a close game," said Canada goalie Shannon Szabados, who made 14 saves. "I think that was the key to it: We didn't get frustrated."

A two-time NCAA champion at Minnesota, Raty made 39 saves for Finland but she couldn't stop Agosta's slapshot on a power play. Hefford made it 2-0 with about three minutes later, and Canada took a 3-0 lead when Marie-Philip Poulin brought the puck in on a 2-on-1 and passed it to Johnston just outside the crease for the easy tip-in.



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