U.S. beats Canada for another hockey tournament title

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Make it eight straight tournament final victories over Canada for the U.S. women’s hockey team. How’s that for a rivalry?

Hilary Knight scored twice as the Americans won 5-2 for their fourth straight Four Nations Cup title on Saturday night in Saskatchewan. The U.S. also captured the last three world championships and PyeongChang Olympic titles. The last Canadian final victory was at the 2014 Four Nations Cup.

The next major tournament is the world championship in Finland in April.

Melissa Samoskevich, Brianna Decker and Kendall Coyne Schofield also scored, leading Canada to pull three-time Olympic goalie Shannon Szabados 41 seconds into the third period.

Alex Rigsby, the U.S.’ No. 3 goalie in PyeongChang, played the whole game, stopping 23 of 25 shots. Rigsby was also in net for a 2-1 win over Canada in preliminary play Wednesday.

The U.S. made major changes since the Olympics, including a new head coach (Bob Corkum replacing Robb Stauber) and program director Reagan Carey stepping down after eight years at the helm.

The Four Nations Cup roster included all of the stars from the Olympics save captain Meghan Duggan, who sat out with an injury but plans to return to the national team later in this Olympic cycle, and twins Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson and Monique Lamoureux-Morando, who are pregnant.

The Four Nations Cup is an annual tournament featuring the U.S., Canada, Finland and Sweden.

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U.S. edges Canada in first meeting since Olympic hockey final

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A newcomer to the U.S.-Canada rivalry potted the winner Wednesday in the nations’ first meeting since the Olympic hockey final shootout.

Sydney Brodt, a University of Minnesota Duluth junior, beat three-time Canadian Olympic goalie Shannon Szabados with 1:38 left for a 2-1 win at the Four Nations Cup in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

The nations will likely meet again in the Four Nations Cup championship game Saturday. Finland and Sweden also take part in the annual tournament.

Brodt, 20, is playing her first games with the senior national team. The youngest captain in UMD history was not one of 24 forwards invited to USA Hockey’s spring 2017 camp that determined the bulk of the 13 forwards who went to PyeongChang.

PyeongChang Olympian Hannah Brandt tallied the other U.S. goal, 1:18 into the game. Canadian Loren Gabel tied it 3:30 into the third period.

Alex Rigsby, the No. 3 U.S. goalie at the Olympics, made 23 saves.

The U.S. made major changes since the Olympics, including a new head coach (Bob Corkum replacing Robb Stauber) and program director Reagan Carey stepping down after eight years at the helm.

The Four Nations Cup roster includes all of the stars from the Olympics save captain Meghan Duggan, who is sitting out with an injury but plans to return to the national team later in this Olympic cycle, and twins Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson and Monique Lamoureux-Morando, who are pregnant.

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Brody Roybal, Paralympic hockey champ, climbs Willis Tower by hand

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Brody Roybal, a two-time Paralympic gold medalist and the PyeongChang hockey tournament MVP, climbed Willis Tower’s 2,149 stairs using his upper body, arms and hands on Sunday.

Roybal, born without femurs, scaled the 1,400-foot building in 71 minutes as part of the 10th SkyRise Chicago, the world’s tallest indoor stair-climbing event.

“I like to prove to myself that I can do things that able-bodied people do,” Roybal, who debuted at the Paralympics at age 15 in 2014, said before the climb. “I think this is going to be the hardest thing I’ve ever done.”

The fastest able-bodied entrant ascended the former Sears Tower in 17 minutes, 6 seconds.

“I just want to eat and take a long nap,” Roybal said after, his knuckle skin shriveled like chalky prunes.

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