Nurse, Jenner notch hat tricks as Canada hammers Finland at Olympics

Team Canada forward Sarah Nurse (20) celebrates with teammates after scoring her third goal of the game against Finland during third period women's ice hockey action Saturday, February 5, 2022 at the Winter Olympics in Beijing. (Ryan Remiorz/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Sarah Nurse and Brianne Jenner each had a hat trick as the Canadian women’s hockey team crushed Finland 11-1 on Saturday at the Beijing Olympics.

Canada (2-0) has outscored opponents 23-2 during the tournament.

“The offence isn’t just by chance — it’s deliberate,” Canada coach Troy Ryan said. “We try to spread out the offensive zone as much as we can, and what I really liked about today was some of the offence was from a forced turnover. A couple of Nurse’s goals and Laura Stacey’s were just good high positioning, force a turnover and transition quick to offence. It’s really nice when you can see someone who plays their first offensive action and is a good defensive player; both of them did that and were rewarded for it.”

Sarah Fillier and Stacey had two goals apiece for Canada, while Jamie Lee Rattray added a single.

Natalie Spooner chipped in with four assists and leads the tournament with nine points (two goals, seven helpers). Captain Marie-Philip Poulin had three assists.

Minnamari Tuominen scored the lone goal for Finland (0-2), which lost 5-2 to the Americans in its opener.

Canada outshot Finland 48-29.

Canada forward Melodie Daoust missed the game with an upper-body injury suffered in the tournament-opening win over Switzerland. She is listed as day-to-day.

The Canadians face the Russians in their next game on Sunday night at 11:10 p.m. ET.

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