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Canada beats USA 3-2 in Olympic women's hockey action

Megan Agosta-Marciano
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According to CBC Sports, Team Canada has won the group A standings in women's hockey at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi after beating the United States 3-2 on Wednesday.

Meghan Agosta-Marciano of Windsor, Ontario scored twice to lead the Canadian attack including the game winning goal in the third period where she be beat American goaltender Jessie Vetter on the breakaway. Interestingly, it was Agosta-Marciano's 27th birthday, and it was eight years to the day she recorded a hat trick on her 19th birthday in a 12-0 win over Russia at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino.

However, it is safe to say scoring two goals against the Americans is much more difficult than scoring two goals against Russia.

Canadian flag bearer Hayley Wickenheiser of Shaunavon, Saskatchewan also had a multi-point game with a goal and an assist.

The win was critical for Team Canada, who will now avoid the possibility of playing Finland in the semi-finals.

Canadian head coach Kevin Dineen went with Charline Labonte of Greenfield Park, Quebec over Shannon Szabados of Edmonton, who has played the majority of the big games for Canada over the past few years. The move paid off as Labonte made 25 saves on 27 shots.