Canada U18 women crush Germany, advance to semis

Canada defeated Germany 7-0 on Tuesday in Finland to lock up first place in Pool A at the IIHF under-18 women's world championship.

Canada capped a perfect preliminary round Tuesday with a 7-0 rout of Germany to secure first place in Pool A at the IIHF under-18 women's world championship.

Halli Krzyzaniak scored two goals to help Canada (3-0) secure a berth in Friday's semifinal.

"We started out slow but as the game progressed, we started rolling and things started going our way," she said. "The bounces were going our way towards the end."

The overmatched Germans held Canada off the scoresheet for the first half of the opening period at the Vierumaki Arena.

Krzyzaniak put Canada on the board and Hanna Bunton added another goal 21 seconds later. Catherine Daoust scored a power-play goal late in the first period.

Ashleigh Brykaliuk and Krzyzaniak tallied in the second period while Sarah Nurse and Hannah Miller added insurance goals in the final stanza. Jessica Dodds earned her first international shutout as Canada outshot Germany 67-5.

Head coach Jim Fetter said the Canadian players are becoming more comfortable with each other and are buying into the game plan.

"The one thing we've been talking to the girls about is sticking with the process and it's starting to show its effects now," he said.

The United States (3-0) dumped Sweden 8-0 to wrap up top spot in Pool B and the other quarter-final bye. Quarter-final games are scheduled for Wednesday and the medal games will be played Saturday.

Canada won last year's tournament in the Czech Republic.