Canada blanks Finland; sets up Four Nations Cup rematch with U.S.

A hot goaltender couldn’t keep Team Canada out of the Four Nations Cup final.

Canada fired 47 shots at Finnish goaltender Noora Raty, scored twice, and added an empty-netter during a 3-0 victory Friday night at SaskTel Centre.

The victory sends Canada into the Saturday-night title match against the United States, which dumped Sweden 5-1 earlier in the day. Canada enters the championship game (8 p.m., SaskTel Centre) with a 2-1 record, and the USA is 3-0. The Americans beat Canada 2-1 in their only meeting of the tournament.

Canada forward Rebecca Johnston wins a face-off against Finland forward Petra Nieminen during second period of 2018 Four Nations Cup preliminary game in Saskatoon, Friday, Nov. 9, 2018.

On Friday, Canada scored two goals in the game’s first five minutes — Melodie Daoust and Rebecca Johnston tallied — but they couldn’t slide a puck past Raty the rest of the night. On the other end of the ice, Canada held the flu-stricken Finland squad to just 14 shots.

Laura Stacy cinched the victory by scoring into an empty net with 35 seconds to play.

Emerance Maschmeyer collected the shutout after stopping five shots in the opening period, three in the second and six in the third.

Sweden will play Finland in Saturday’s third-place game at 3 p.m.

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Canada forward Rebecca Johnston, left, and forward Kristin O’Neill celebrate goal against Finland during first period of 2018 Four Nations Cup preliminary game in Saskatoon, Friday, Nov. 9, 2018.

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