April 4, 2013
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After playing a closely contested match on the opening day, both the U.S. and Canada posted wins in the second day of preliminary games, Wednesday, at the 2013 IIHF Women's World Championship in Ottawa, Ontario.
Team USA claimed its first win of the tournament, scoring four goals in the first period to skate past Finland, 4-2.
After posting 24 saves against Canada on Tuesday, former Badger Jessie Vetter was given the night off while Brianne McLaughlin earned the start and current Badger Alex Rigsby dressed for backup duties.
Brianna Decker started for the U.S., and scored the game's second goal to give Team USA a 2-0 lead halfway through the first period. Decker also tallied an assist on the game-winner just seven minutes later.
Former Badgers and current Boston Blades, Meghan Duggan and Hilary Knight were reunited on a line together for the game against Finland. The two were centered by Julie Chu, but the forward group was unable to record any points on offense, as Knight ended with five shots on goal and Duggan with four.
Canada routed Switzerland, 13-0, to close out the second day of competition. The Canadians scored six goals in the second period and out-shot the Swiss, 79-16.
Former Badger Meaghan Mikkelson scored one goal and tallied one assist in the blow out. Mikkelson scored Canada's 12th goal of the game, coming at the 15:42 mark of the third period. Her assist was on Brianne Jenner's goal that came with two seconds remaining in the second period.
All eight teams take a break from competition on Thursday, and will play in the final round of preliminary games on Friday. The U.S. will take on Switzerland at 2:30 p.m. (CT) and Canada will play Finland at 6:30 p.m. (CT). All games will be streamed live online for free at FastHockey.com.
Brianna Decker leans in for a face off during Team USA's game against Finland
USA players, including Hilary Knight (21), look on prior to a preliminary round game against Finland
Canada's Gillian Apps #10 and Bailey Bram #17 congratulate Meaghan Mikkelson #12 after a goal against Switzerland
Canada's Meaghan Mikkelson #12 scores on Switzerland's Dominique Slongo #33 while Livia Altmann #22 and Bailey Bram #17 look on
Switzerland's Phoebe Staenz #88 skates with the puck while Canada's Jayna Hefford #16 chases her down and Meaghan Mikkelson #12 defends
Canadian players celebrate after a first period goal against Switzerland