Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canada Drops Women's World Hockey Championship Opener 4-2 to U.S

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canada Drops Women's World Hockey Championship Opener 4-2 to U.S

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Canada drops world championship opener

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MALMO, Sweden - Canada was reminded early at the world championship that the United States has the best power play in international women's hockey.

The U.S. scored every time a Canadian was in the penalty box in the opening period of Saturday's game. Three power-play goals were the difference in the Americans' 4-2 victory to open the tournament.

Both countries play their second Pool A game in as many days Sunday when Canada takes on Russia and the defending champion U.S. meets Finland.

Jocelyne Lamoureux, Kacey Bellamy and Kendall Coyne scored for the U.S. in the first period and Hilary Knight even-strength in the third. Brianne Jenner of Oakville, Ont., and Jennifer Wakefield of Pickering, Ont., countered for Canada.

Genevieve Lacasse of Kingston, Ont., made 30 saves in the loss. She was scored on by her CWHL Boston Blades teammates Bellamy and Knight.

Lacasse was pulled for an extra attacker with over two minutes to go in regulation, but the reigning Olympic champions did not score again.

The Canadians were more organized in the second and third periods. Wakefield pulled them within a goal in the first minute of the second Canada killed off a pair of U.S. power plays in the third.

But Knight restored her country's two-goal lead at 6:29 of the third. Canada's attack was anemic with just 11 shots on U.S. goalie Jessie Vetter.

"We came to work hard, but I don't think we were working that smart," Canadian head coach Doug Derraugh said. "We just had to believe in the systems and stick to what the game plan was and not just get running around and chasing the puck.

"Disappointed, but I think we can build off of some of the adjustments we've made."

The Americans have been lethal a player up in recent years with a 31 per cent success rate in last year's Winter Olympics. They were a combined 34 per cent over the three world championships prior to that.

So even with 10 players making their world championship debut Saturday -- the same number as Canada -- the Americans had their special teams in order at the opening faceoff. …

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