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U.S. beats Canada to win Women's Worlds

Tuesday, 04.09.2013 / 10:05 PM

The United States' women's hockey team is back on top of the world.

Amanda Kessel's goal 3:09 into the third period broke a tie and lifted the U.S. to a 3-2 victory against Canada in the gold medal game at the World Women's Hockey Championships in Ottawa.

The United States, which lost 3-2 in a shootout to Canada during the preliminary round, avenged a loss to the Canadians in the championship game last year in Burlington, Vt., to win the world title for the fifth time and fourth in the past five years. The U.S. and Canada have played for the championship every year since the tournament began in 1990.

Kessel, sister of Toronto Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel, put the U.S. ahead to stay when she came in on a 2-on-1 break and wristed a shot over the shoulder of Canadian goaltender Shannon Szabados.

Canada jumped in front midway through the first period on a goal by Courtney Birchard. But the U.S. dominated the second period, outshooting Canada 12-2. Brianne Decker's goal at 2:43 tied the game, and the U.S. went ahead for the first time at 14:26 when Megan Bozek scored during a 5-on-3 power play.

But Decker took a penalty with 3:17 remaining in the period, and Canada needed only seven seconds to tie the score as Caroline Ouellette beat Jesse Vetter with a slap shot off the right-wing boards for a power-play goal.

Vetter finished with 14 saves as the U.S. outshot Canada 30-16.

Russia won the bronze-medal game by beating Finland 2-0.

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