Canada Opens Worlds With Win

Canada has opened the women's world hockey championship with a 6-0 win over Switzerland. 

Emily Clark scored a pair of goals for Canada in Thursday's victory in Finland while Natalie Spooner had a goal and an assist.

Loren Gabels, Jamie Lee Rattray and Blayre Turnbull also scored for Canada. Shannon Szabados made six saves in net for her 20th career shutout.

Swiss goaltender Andrea Brandli turned away 41 shots in the loss.

Canadian captain Marie-Philip Poulin took part in warmup Thursday, but remained on the bench for the game.

Canada takes on defending champion United States on Saturday in Group A. 

The United States has beaten Canada in the final of seven of the last eight tournaments. 

The women's world championship is a 10-country tournament for the first time.