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Team Canada downs U.S. in pre-Olympic women’s hockey matchup

BOISBRIAND, QUE.—Hayley Wickenheiser and Rebecca Johnston each scored twice to give Canada's women's hockey team a 6-3 victory over the United States in pre-Olympic action on Thursday night.

Caroline Ouellette and Jayna Hefford also scored for Canada, while Charline Labonte allowed three goals on 24 shots.

Brianna Decker, Kendall Coyne, and Jocelyne Lamoureux scored for the Americans. Jessie Vetter, who only played the first period, made 10 saves. She was replaced by Molly Schaus, who stopped seven of 10 shots she faced.

Team USA outshot Canada 24-23 overall.

The game was the second of six encounters between the teams before the start of the Olympic Games in Sochi in February. The Canadians took the first game — last Saturday in Burlington, Vt. — 3-2.

Boisbriand, Que., native Charline Labonte, who won gold with Canada at the 2006 Winter Games in Turin, got the start in nets in her hometown.

Johnston opened the high-scoring affair with her first goal of this exhibition series at 8:59 of the first period.

Haley Irwin started the play, patiently holding the puck for several seconds in the American zone before firing on net. Johnston jumped on the rebound.

Wickenheiser doubled the Canadians' lead less than a minute later while playing shorthanded.

Decker got one back for the Americans before the Canadian captain put her second of the game past a helpless Vetter on a 5-on-3 power play.

Johnston and Ouellette added goals for Canada in the second period.


Article Source: The Canadian Press

Photo Credit: Vincent Graton

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