JARVENPAA, Finland – Brianna 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."
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.
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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