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Canada women break through in third period, beat Finland, 3-0

Jayna Hefford, rebecca Johnston, Saija Tarkki

Jayna Hefford of Canada, left, reacts to her goal with teammate Rebecca Johnston as Saija Tarkki of Finland looks on during the third period of the 2014 Winter Olympics women’s ice hockey game at Shayba Arena, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Petr David Josek

After being stymied by Finland goalie Noora Raty for two and a half periods, Team Canada rattled off three goals in a span of roughly seven minutes to pull away late for a 3-0 win in women’s hockey.

The dam finally broke for the three-time defending Olympic champions at the 9:27 mark of the third period, when Meghan Agosta-Marciano rifled a loose puck past Raty’s shoulder for a power play goal.

Just less than three minutes later, Jayna Hefford added insurance for the Canadians when she too popped one in past Raty’s shoulder to make it 2-0 Canada.

Rebecca Johnston added the third goal at 16:36 in the third, with assists from Hefford and Marie-Philip Poulin.

Canada tripled Finland on shots, 42-14, but Raty was still able to frustrate the champs for much of the contest. She managed to stop 39 shots today after stopping 40 in a loss last weekend against the U.S.

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WOMEN’S HOCKEY - ROUND ROBIN
CANADA 3, FINLAND 0

SCORING SUMMARY
Third Period
9:27 - Meghan Agosta-Marciano, unassisted, power play (CAN 1-0)
12:24 - Jayna Hefford, unassisted (CAN 2-0)
16:36 - Rebecca Johnston, assisted by Hefford and Marie-Philip Poulin (CAN 3-0)

GOALTENDERS
CAN - Shannon Szabados, 14 saves on 14 shots
FIN - Noora Raty, 39 saves on 42 shots

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