Nicole Hensley made 18 saves for the United States in a 2-0 win against Canada in the preliminary round of the 2017 IIHF Women's World Championship at USA Hockey Arena 1 in Plymouth, Michigan on Friday.
Brianna Decker scored with 2:06 left in the second period with an assist from Megan Bozek. Gigi Marvin extended the lead on an unassisted goal with 15:11 left in the third period.
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Canada goaltender Shannon Szabados made 28 saves.
The United States will play Russia on Saturday at 3:35 p.m. ET. Canada will play Finland at 7:35 p.m. ET.
The top two teams in Group A (United States, Canada, Russia and Finland) will advance to the semifinals. The other two teams in Group A and the top two teams in Group B (Sweden, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Germany) will advance to the quarterfinals.