Exhibition Finnished

ADAM WAZNY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 7:58 AM ET

SELKIRK -- It took Canada some time to warm-up, but once they did they showed just how offensive they can be.

Eight goals in the final 40 minutes underlined a strong second period for the home side as they beat up on Finland 9-0 in front of 1,589 at the Selkirk Recreational Complex last night, wrapping up the training camp and exhibition preparations for the World Women's Hockey Championships this week.

The mood with the Canadians heading into the first game Tuesday against Switzerland: Quietly optimistic.

"I think we are," said Hayley Wickenheiser, who had a goal and an assist. "We have good perspective on things and we don't take any opponent lightly. The Finns have always been tough against us ... the score was lopsided but we've had a lot of tight games. We have to be a lot better (this week).

Jayna Hefford scored twice for Canada, while Jennifer Botterill of Winnipeg, Katie Weatherston, Gillian Apps, Meghan Agosta, Tessa Bonhomme and Danielle Ouellette also scored.

"That's where our strength is," Wickenheiser offered about the offensive depth. "Other countries run out of depth after the first (or second) lines. That's what makes us tough to play against."

Finland played Canada tough for the first 20 minutes but couldn't beat Sami Jo Small. The surprise starter was solid in the Canadian crease, making 22 saves. The Winnipegger is the alternate goaltender for the national team and will probably not see any action during the 10-day tournament.

"It was great to see her in there," said Botterill, who had four points in the contest. "It took us awhile to get the offence going but she kept us in the game. It just proves just how much depth we have in this country."

DOMINANCE: Heading into last night's game, Canada held a 38-0-1 record against Finland. In fact, the only country the Canucks have ever lost to is the United States (Sweden also has a tie with Canada).

CAPTAINS NAMED: Canada named their captains and alternates before the game, and there's no surprise who will be wearing the 'C.'

Davidson selected Wickenheiser as the captain, while Caroline Ouellette and Vicky Sunohara were named as alternates.

WELL WISHES: Those hoping to offer good luck to Canada personally should drop by FanFest on the main level of the Winnipeg Convention Centre today.

Players will be in attendance from 1-3 p.m., with an 45-minute autograph session slated to begin at 1:30 p.m.


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