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U.S. women defeat Canada in OT to win World gold

Hilary Knight scores game-winner; Nicole Hensley makes 28 saves @NHLdotcom

Hilary Knight scored in overtime to give the United States a 3-2 win against Canada in the gold-medal game at the IIHF Women's World Championship at USA Hockey Arena 1 in Plymouth, Michigan on Friday.

Knight blocked a shot in the defensive zone and trailed Kendall Coyne up the ice. Coyne then made a drop pass to Knight, who shot past Canada goalie Shannon Szabados.

"I was just trying to make a D-zone play, found Kendall, and she dished it back to me and it found the net," Knight told NHL Network.

The United States won a world championship on home ice for the first time.

"It's amazing to do it in front of our fans," Knight said. "We're usually up in Canada or in Europe and get a lot of boos. So to have the cheers tonight is a pretty good feeling."

Video: Instant reaction to Team USA's OT Championship win

Meghan Acosta gave Canada a 1-0 lead one minute into the game, but Kacey Bellamy tied it 1-1 a little more than three minutes later.

Bellamy's goal 42 seconds into the third period gave the United States a 2-1 lead. Canada tied it 2-2 on Brianne Jenner's power-play goal with a little more than 10 minutes left.

The United States outshot Canada 40-30. U.S. goalie Nicole Hensley made 28 saves; Szabados made 37.

The United States and Canada have a history of overtime games in this tournament. Each had won three times, including a 1-0 win by the U.S. team last year. Knight scored an overtime winner to defeat Canada in 2011.

Finland defeated Germany 8-0 to win the bronze medal.

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