Malacca seems to be a happy hunting ground for national striker Faizal Saari.

Two years after stamping his mark in the Junior Asia Cup, Faizal turned on his magic yet again, this time scoring a hattrick in Malaysia's 6-2 win over Canada in a friendly ahead of the 23rd edition of the Azlan Shah Cup.

Faizal opened scoring for Malaysia in the 5th minute but Canada were back on level terms the very next minute through Hudson Stewart.

But after that the floodgates opened as Malaysia added goals via Ramadhan Rosli ( 21st minute), Mohd Marhan Jalil ( 32nd minute), Faizal ( 42nd and 51st minutes).

Canada reduced the deficit through Ian Smythe in the 56th but Rashid Bahrom completed the rout, finding the mark a minute from time.

The next friendly will be on Saturday.