Canada won their third consecutive match at the IIHF World Women's Championship in Brampton with a 5-0 victory over Japan ©Hockey Canada

Canada defeated Japan 5-0 at the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Women's Championship in Brampton to extend their win streak in Group A to three.

The Canadian were led by Sarah Filler, who had two goals and an assist at the CAA Centre in front of 3,755 fans. 

Sarah Nurse added a goal and an assist, while Natalie Spooner and Brianne Jenner also got on the score sheet.

Goaltender Emerance Maschmeyer made 11 stops to keep a clean sheet for the two-time defending champions, who are seeking a record 13th title. 

They are now top of Group A with nine points.

Main rivals and neighbours, the United States, sit right behind them with six points and a game in hand.

They are due to meet the Czech Republic tomorrow. 

In Group B, Sweden defeated Hungary 6-2 behind four goals form Lina Ljungblom.

Linnea Andersson and Hilda Svennson added to the score, with Hungary's goals coming from Réka Dabasi and Míra Seregély.

Goaltender for Sweden Sara Grahn made 27 saves to help her nation bounce back after the loss in the opening match to Germany.

Finland, the only other country to reach a IIHF World Women's Championship final other than Canada and the US, are due to play France tomorrow in Group B as they seek a third consecutive victory.