Canada won its second IIHF Ice Hockey U-18 Women's World Championship in a row ©Getty Images

Canada broke the hearts of hosts Sweden in the final of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Ice Hockey Under-18 Women's World Championship today in Östersund, demolishing their opponents 10-0 to win a second title in a row.

By the time the first period ended, it was clear where the gold medal was going, with the Canadians taking a 5-0 lead after 20 minutes.

Caitlin Kraemer completed a hat-trick after just 12 minutes; while team-mates Alexia Aubin and Piper Grober also scored in the opening period.

Aubin got a second to start off the second period in similar fashion, while Abby Lunney and Mackenzie Alexander got their names on the scoresheet prior to the halfway point.

Charlotte Pieckenhagen made it nine within a minute of the third period, with Kraemer scoring her fourth to take the match score into double digits, with the final result being 10-0.

In the bronze-medal game, 2022 runners-up United States defeated Finland 5-0 to make it on the podium along with the finalists.

It was the first time the Americans had not made the final, but they ensured a 100 per cent record on the podium remained with the victory.

Five different scorers took the US to a victory, with Joy Dunne scoring the opener after 17 minutes in the first period.

Samantha Taber and Kendra Distad added to the scoresheet going into the last period; with Alexandra Lalonde and Anabella Fanale wrapping up the victory at the Östersund Arena.