Some will continue to argue the women's hockey tournament at the 2014 Winter Olympics remains a two-team race between Canada and the United States.
That may indeed be the case, but Finland threw a mighty scare into Team Canada on Monday. The Finns matched Canada's speed and were the more aggressive team through the first two periods, but Canada's offence took control in the third period scoring three goals, blanking Finland 3-0.
Canada outshot Finland 27-10 through 40 minutes, but couldn't beat goaltender Noora Raty.
Meghan Agosta-Marciano finally gave Canada a 1-0 lead on its fourth power pay of the game when she drilled a slap shot to the top corner at 9:27 of the third period. That was followed by a goal by another veteran, Jayna Hefford, who deked two Finnish defenders and then fired a high shot from in tight.
Late in the third Rebecca Johnston scored her second goal of the 2014 Olympics, converting a three-on-one.
Finland has finished third or fourth at every Olympics and World Championship tournament since it began international play, so the Canadians knew they were in for a tough game.
"They just never give up," said Canadian forward Brianne Jenner. "They are a hard-working team and they clog the middle of the ice. We knew that coming in so our game plan was to not be impatient and stick with what we wanted to do and it turned out that it worked in the third period."