Canada to face U.S. in Four Nations final

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:03 PM ET

Marie-Philip Poulin scored three times as Canada blasted Finland 15-0 in the final round-robin game of the Women's Four Nations Cup Friday at Mile One Centre in St. John's, Nfld.

The win sets up a rematch of the gold-medal game at the Vancouver Olympics -- and just about every other international women's hockey tournament -- with Canada facing the United States in the Four Nations final Saturday. Finland and Sweden will play for the bronze.

Jennifer Wakefield and Haley Irwin both had two goals for Canada while Meghan Agosta, Meaghan Mikkelson, Jayna Hefford, Caroline Ouellette, Hayley Wickenheiser, Vicki Bendus, Cherie Piper and Natalie Spooner also scored. Ouellette and Piper both had three assists.

Shannon Szabados stopped just 12 shots for the shutout. Anna Vanhatalo and Noora Raty combined to make 41 saves in the Finland net.

Canada led 3-0 after the first period then blew it open with six more in the middle frame. In the third, Canada converted on all three power-play opportunities to add another half-dozen goals.

Earlier, Jessie Vetter stopped all 20 shots as the U.S. blanked Sweden 4-0 to advance to the final.

The U.S. topped the round-robin standings with a 2-1-0-0 record.

"It was another good win," U.S. coach Katey Stone said. "We got better as the game went on, kept it simple and made a lot more team plays."

Hilary Knight, Kacey Bellamy, Monique Lamoureux-Kolls and Erika Lawler, with an empty-netter, scored the goals.


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