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Weaver, Poje rock the house, win short at Finlandia

Tkachenko, Tobias finish second; Hawayek, Baker stumble into fourth
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Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje opened up a five-point lead on the field after the short dance in Espoo. -Getty Images

Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje of Canada grabbed a five-point lead in the short dance Friday at the Finlandia Trophy in Espoo, Finland.

Weaver and Poje look to be on their way to gold in their debut appearance at the event. Skating to a couple of Elvis Presley's most popular tunes, "Can't Help Falling in Love" and "Heartbreak Hotel," the reigning world bronze medalists performed a program that was at times both tender and rollicking. A mistake on their twizzles (he came out of his second set early) kept their score down a bit, but they still managed 65.13 points, easily the best of the field.

Ilia Tkachenko and Isabella Tobias, the gold medalists at the Lake Placid Ice Dance International, secured 60.04 points for their Cinderella short to land comfortably in second. The first-year Israeli couple had the cleanest skate of the day, with not a single negative Grade of Execution on their score sheet.

U.S. International Classic silver medalists Laurence Fournier Beaudry and Nikolaj Sorensen sit in third. After a rough set of twizzles to open their program, the Danes skated clean the rest of the way en route to a segment score of 56.79. They were the only team in the competition to receive Level 4's on both of their Ravensburger Waltz patterns.

Team USA's Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker performed a light, airy rendition of their Nutcracker short dance, but they missed their levels on a couple of elements. The former world junior champions are fourth with 55.60 points.