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Canada's Team Red rides huge third period to 5-1 win over Cariboo Cougars

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PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. (CP) - Canada's Team Red scored for four goals in the third period in a 5-1 win over the Cariboo Cougars on Monday night at the national women's team Fall Festival.

Marie-Philip Poulin of Beauceville, Que., paced Team Red's attack with two goals in the final eight minutes. Jayna Hefford of Kingston, Ont., and Katie Weatherston of Thunder Bay, Ont., also scored in the third for Team Red. In other action, Canada's Team White blanked Sweden 3-0.

Caroline Ouellette of Montreal had Team Red's other goal scoring in the first period. After taking a pass from Martine Garland in her own end, Ouellette took the puck from end to end and beat Cariboo's starting goaltender Paul Simoes.

Edmonton's Shannon Szabados and Winnipeg's Sami Jo Small split Red's goaltending duties.

Team Red now has won two straight games at the National Women's Team Fall Festival, although games against the Cougars, a B.C. boy's major midget team, don't count in the standings.

The tournament serves as an identification camp for Canada's coaching staff heading into the 2007-08 season. The national women's team will play in the Four Nations Cup in Sweden in November and the 2008 IIHF World Women's Championship in China.

Earlier Monday, Sabrina Harbec and Courtney Birchard scored their first goals in international competition to help Team White to their first win of the tournament, a 3-0 win over Sweden.

Harbec, from Montreal, scored Team White's lone goal of the first period, when she backhanded the puck past Sweden's goaltender Kim Martin.

"It feels good," Harbec said. "It was so much fun to play against Sweden"

Martin who was peppered 50 shots in Sweden's first game of the tournament, didn't allow a goal in the second period, but Team White (1-1) came back with two in the third.

Sarah Vaillancourt of Sherbrooke, Que., scored the first of Team White's third-period goals. Vaillancourt was fed a great pass by Valerie Chouinard during a 5-on-3 power play. Vaillancourt didn't miss, snapping a shot past Martin.

Mississauga, Ont., native Birchard scored late in the game to cap the scoring.

Laura Hosier of Sharon, Ont., earned the shutout for Team White, stopping 12 shots.

The tournament continues Tuesday, as Team Red faces Sweden and Team White takes on the Cougars.

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