ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Hilary Knight scored the lone shootout goal and the United States women's hockey team beat Canada for the third straight time in their pre-Olympic exhibition series, 3-2 on Saturday.
Jessie Vetter stopped all three Canadian shootout attempts.
"This is good for us. We need to find a way to win," U.S. defenseman Megan Bozek said.
Kelli Stack and Alex Carpenter scored for the United States in regulation, and Meghan Agosta-Marciano and Marie-Philip Poulin countered for Canada.
After losing three straight to Canada, the Americans have won the last three meeting by a combined 12-4 — 5-1 and 4-1 in the two previous games.
"We like all kinds of different scenarios. Unfortunately, the puck wasn't bouncing as easily it was earlier this month," said Knight, who also had two assists. "We're an extremely talented team, but we still have a long way to go and we're going to get there. We're confident with our game plan. ... You got to find a way to win, dig deep, and we did that tonight."
The teams will wrap up the exhibition series Monday night in Toronto.
The Americans and Canadians are widely considered the Olympic favorites. Canada has won three straight gold medals.
United States coach Katey Stone likes that the shootout is entertaining for the fans, but is more pleased about how it made her team rise to the occasion.
"It puts our kids on the hot seat, it puts their kids on the hot seat and it's time to execute and deliver," Stone said. "At the end of the day, that's what we're going to have to do."