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Canada gets quick goal in OT to beat U.S. women (video)

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Great goaltending on both ends of the ice was the story through regulation as Team USA and Canada battled into overtime at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota on Sunday as the two best women’s hockey teams in the world prepare to finalize their 2018 Olympic rosters for PyeongChang in February.

With the score tied 1-1, Canada’s Brianne Jenner wristed a shot past Team USA goaltender Maddie Rooney just 37 seconds into the overtime period, stunning the U.S. with the 2-1 win. Canada’s Rebecca Johnston was awarded the assist.

Per IIHF rules, overtime was played 3-on-3 with both teams electing to put two forwards and one defender on the ice.

The 20-year-old Rooney was a solid backstop for the U.S. throughout the game making 24 saves on 26 shots from Canada. Team Canada’s two-time Olympic gold medal winning goalie Shannon Szabados made her pre-Olympic tour debut, giving up just one goal and stopping 27 shots.

It was the fifth time the two teams have played since starting their pre-Olympic tour in October. The record still tilts in favor of the U.S., 3-2. The U.S. also holds the advantage in goals, scoring 16 to Canada’s 12.

After a scoreless first period, the U.S. opened the second period on the power play. A shot by Team USA’s Megan Keller appeared to redirect off the skates of a teammate, on its way into the net and past Szabados for the first goal of the game.

Canada’s Marie-Philip Poulin tied it up with an even strength goal with roughly two minutes left in the second period.

At the second intermission the U.S. led Canada in shots, 23-14, but in the third period the Canadian attack, bolstered by three U.S. penalties, came alive, as the Canadians put 12 shots on net to just five by the U.S.

The two teams now head to Winnipeg for a Tuesday night game at Bell MTS Place, with the puck dropping at 8 p.m. ET.

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U.S. squanders lead to Canada again, falls in Four Nations Cup final shootout

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The U.S. women’s hockey team lost a shootout to Canada in the Four Nations Cup title game Saturday, squandering a 2-1 lead for the second time in four days to its rival and falling 3-2.

“Coach [Ken Klee] just said there’s no such thing as moral victories,” U.S. Olympic forward Brianna Decker said. “It’s a learning experience. We have World Championships in April [in Malmo, Sweden], so hopefully we can get them back then.”

Canadian Olympian Brianne Jenner scored the only shootout goal, beating U.S. goalie Molly Schaus. Schaus was the No. 2 U.S. goalie at the 2014 Olympics.

Jenner also scored the first Canadian goal in the Sochi Olympic gold-medal game, sparking a comeback from 2-0 down to win 3-2 in overtime.

“They’re our rivals, and we don’t want to drop a game to them,” Jenner said, according to The Associated Press.

The U.S. and Canada Four Nations Cup rosters were a mix of Olympians and non-Olympians. Neither starting goalie from the Sochi gold-medal game was on the teams.

Decker and Sochi Olympic teammate Hilary Knight potted second-period goals Saturday, but Canada drew even late in the second in Kamloops, B.C.

“We’re not satisfied with it, but we played out hearts out,” Klee said. “I think there’s no question that we’re right there with them.”

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