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Team USA Claims Championship at Women's Four Nations Cup

By USA Hockey, 11/05/16, 11:45AM EDT


Brianna Decker tallied a goal and two assists in victory over Canada

JARVENPAA, FinlandBrianna Decker (Dousman, Wis.) tallied three points (one goal, two assists) and Hilary Knight (Sun Valley, Idaho) added two goals to help the U.S. Women's National Team defeat Canada, 5-3, and claim its seventh Four Nations Cup Championship. Nine players had at least one point in the victory.

"I'm very proud of the team and their overall effort in a well-deserved victory," said Ken Klee, head coach of the U.S. Women's National Team. "We played a very complete game, used our speed and creativity to generate chances that we converted on when we needed to for a big win."

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Canada opened the scoring at 3:40 of the first period to take a 1-0 lead.

Team USA killed off three penalties in the period before tying the game, 1-1, at 16:51 on an Emily Pfalzer (Getzville, N.Y.) goal. Haley Skarupa (Rockville, Md.) drove to the net and her initial shot was denied by Canadian goaltender Emerance Maschmeyer, but Pfalzer gathered a rebound and fired it in.

Just 1:19 later, Knight took a pass from Kendall Coyne (Palos Heights, Ill.), skated down the right side and beat the goaltender low to the far post to go up 2-1. Decker earned the second assist on the play. The score would stay that way entering the first intermission.

After a scoreless second period, Canada would tie the game, 2-2, at 5:50 of the third period but less than a minute later, Decker gave the U.S. a 3-2 lead with a slapshot from the top of the faceoff circles that beat the goalie glove-hand side.

Knight would extend the lead to 4-2 at 9:46 of the final frame, picking up a loose puck on a turnover and skating in from the left boards across the crease to pull the goalie with her and put the puck past a sprawling netminder.

Kelli Stack (Brooklyn Heights, Ohio) added a goal at 11:47 to make it 5-2 with assists going to Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson (Grand Forks, N.D.) and Alex Carpenter (North Reading, Mass.).

Canada would register a late goal to close the gap to 5-3, but that is how the game would end.

Alex Rigsby (Delafield, Wis.) finished with 13 saves for Team USA.

For complete game statistics, click here.

NOTES: Emily Pfalzer was named U.S. Player of the Game … The U.S. (3-0-0-1; W-OTW-OTL-L) outshot Canada 29-16 in the contest ... The United States has now captured the title seven times (1997, 2003, 2008, 2011-12, 2015-16). The Americans hold an overall record of 46-6-5-24-2 (W-OTW-OTL-L-T) in 83 Three/Four Nations Cup games

Team USA Schedule

Tues., Nov. 1 Sweden Vierumaki Hannah Brandt W, 6-0
Wed., Nov. 2 Finland Kerava Monique Lamoureux-Morando W, 4-0
Fri., Nov. 4 Canada Vierumaki Brianna Decker L, 2-3
Sat., Nov. 5 Canada Jarvenpaa Emily Pfalzer W, 5-3


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