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USA beats Canada in pre-Olympic warmup Thursday

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According to the Hockey Canada website, the United States hammered Canada 5-1 Thursday evening in women's hockey action from the Markin MacPhail Centre in Calgary as the two hockey superpower nations prepare for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.

Forward Brianna Decker of Dousman, Wisconsin, the 2012 Patty Kazmaier Award winner (top NCAA women's hockey player, equivalent to the Hobey Baker Award), led the Americans in scoring with a goal and an assist. Forward Kelli Stack of Brooklyn Heights, Ohio also had a multi-point game as she notched two assists.

This was the third of a six game series Canada and the United States are playing prior to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. Team Canada won the first two games--the first by a score of 3-2 in Burlington, Vermont on October 12 and the second by a score of 6-3 in Montreal on October 17.

Team Canada was without their most talented offensive force. Marie-Philip Poulin, who led the 2013 Women's World Hockey Championship with 12 points, has an injured ankle and will be out until the end of December. She was seen on Thursday in a large walking boot. Also, in a surprise announcement, Team Canada head coach Dan Church announced his resignation on Thursday.

A major reason for the American victory was the undisciplined play by the Canadians. Team Canada had six key penalties and were two women short on two separate occasions which led to two American power play goals.

The United States will next play Team Canada on December 20 in Grand Forks, North Dakota.



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