Canada's Valerie Maltais is back on the mass start podium.
Maltais, of Saguenay, Que., won silver at the speed skating World Cup on Friday in Stavanger, Norway, improving on her third-place finish from November in Beijing.
The Netherlands' Irene Schouten won gold with her time of eight minutes 36.25 seconds, while Maltais was just behind at 8:37.19. American Mia Kilburg-Manganello took bronze at 8:40.01.
The often-chaotic mass start lived up to its reputation, with the podium finishers breaking away from the chase pack early in the race and maintaining their distance.
That led to a bit of a traffic jam during the final sprint, with Schouten, Maltais and Kilburg-Manganello forced to navigate a busy track to get to the finish line.
Maltais, 33, has enjoyed a successful start to her season, helping Canada win gold in the lone team pursuit while also notching a fourth-place finish in the season-opening mass start in Japan.
Ottawa's Ivanie Blondin, the reigning Olympic silver medallist in the event, placed eighth at 9:03.88.
In the women's 1,000, Blondin placed eighth at 1:16.47 while Maddison Pearman of Ponoka, Alta., was 20th with her time of 1:18.84.
Canadians finished 16th, 17th and 18th in the men's 1,000, with Connor Howe of Canmore, Alta., leading the way at 1:10.04, followed by Vincent De Haître of Cumberland, Ont., at 1:10.09 and Laurent Dubreuil of Lévis, Que., at 1:10.37.
Howe later placed 18th in the men's mass start, while Antoine Gelinas-Beaulieu of Sherbrooke, Que., was 14th.
Live action from Stavanger continues on Saturday at 8:30 a.m. ET on CBCSports.ca, the CBC Sports app and CBC Gem.