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US Beats Canada 2-0 in Women's Hockey World Championship



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    United States forward Brianna Decker, center, is surrounded by teammates after scoring during the second period of a IIHF Women's World Championship hockey tournament game against Canada, Friday, March 31, 2017, in Plymouth, Mich. In the background right is Canada forward Blayre Turnbull.

    Brianna Decker broke a scoreless tie late in the second period and Nicole Hensley stopped 18 shots, lifting the U.S. over Canada 2-0 on Friday night in the world championship opener for both teams.

    The Americans started fast and strong just three days after averting a boycott with a four-year deal with USA Hockey.

    They controlled play all night against their rivals. Gigi Marvin gave the U.S. a two-goal cushion early in the third, and its swarming defense shut out a high-powered offense.

    Shannon Szabados made some spectacular saves to keep the Canadians in the game and finished with 28 saves, but they couldn't get a puck past Hensley.