Team Canada polishes off Russians

Team Canada's Natalie Spooner celebrates her goal against Team Russia during Women's Hockey Worlds...

Team Canada's Natalie Spooner celebrates her goal against Team Russia during Women's Hockey Worlds semifinal action Monday night in Ottawa. (Errol McGihon/QMI Agency

AEDAN HELMER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:36 PM ET

OTTAWA - The stage is set and the script is written, now it's up to Team Canada to pen the ending.

The all-but-inevitable gold-medal rematch between Team Canada and Team U.S.A will go ahead as expected Tuesday after the Canadians brushed aside their latest fatality, Team Russia, in an 8-1 romp at Scotiabank Place.

Frankly, considering the level of overseas competition in this 2013 women's world championship, anything less would have been considered a national travesty.

The Russians rarely threatened, barely managed to get across the opposing blue line, and celebrated a new level of international achievement by scoring a single goal against the otherwise impenetrable Canadian Shield put up by Shannon Szabados and the Team Canada defence.


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