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Canada edges U.S., 3-2, in opening day of Women's World Championship

April 3, 2013

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Five current and former Badgers were on the ice together at Scotia Bank Place on Tuesday night, as Team Canada and Team USA squared off  on the opening day of the 2013 IIHF Women’s World Championship in Ottawa, Ontario.

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In front of a crowd of 11,174 fans, Team USA jumped out to a 2-0 first-period lead behind goals from North Dakota’s Monique Lamoureux and Wisconsin’s own Brianna Decker.

After a scoreless second period, Canada battled back in the third period, out-shooting Team USA, 15-5. Canada scored two goals in the final nine minutes of regulation, including one within the final two, to force overtime.

The U.S. did not allow a single shot on goal during the five-minute four-on-four extra period, but was unable to find the game-winner in OT.

Former Badger Hilary Knight shot first, putting her attempt past the Canadian goalie to give the U.S. a 1-0 lead in the shootout. However, Canada would force sudden death in the shootout and go on to win in the fourth round.

Former Badger and Team Canada defenseman Meahgan Mikkelson recorded a +1 plus/minus rating for the game, helping Canada on its equalizer near the end of regulation.

Meghan Duggan ended the game with two shots on goal, while Knight recorded five. Jessie Vetter made 24 saves in net for the U.S., including 13 in the third period alone. Decker finished with the one goal and seven shots on net.

Action continues on Wednesday, April 3, with the U.S. and Finland squaring off at 2:30 p.m. (CT) and Canada and Switzerland playing each other at 6:30 p.m. (CT). All games can be viewed live for free at FastHockey.com

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Jessie Vetter looks on during the national anthems prior to preliminary round action against Canada

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Hilary Knight lets a shot go while Canada's Catherine Ward defends

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Brianna Decker lets a shot go while Canada's Jocelyne Larocque defends

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Jessie Vetter spots a loose puck while Hilary Knight battles with Canada's Lauriane Rougeau

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Brianna Decker tries to fend off Canada's Catherine Ward

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Megan Bozek and Canada's Meaghan Mikkelson battle for the puck

Game PhotoHilary Knight scores a shoot out goal against Canada's Shannon Szabados

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