Goalie Katie Burt gets the win as the US tops Canada

Thursday, February 6, 2020
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United States' Hilary Knight celebrates her goal against Canada during the third period of a Rivalry Series hockey game in Vancouver, British Columbia, Wednesday.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Hilary Knight and her U.S. teammates carried a decade-old grudge into Game 4 of their Rivalry Series with Canada, and settled an old score.

The Americans earned a 3-1 win over Canada and took a 3-1 lead in the five-game series.

Knight set up Hayley Scamurra for the winning goal in the third period and added an empty-netter to seal the victory, quieting the pro-Canada crowd at Rogers Arena.

Knight said that her mind was on her experience at the 2010 Winter Olympics, when Canada’s women won gold the last time the two teams faced each other in Vancouver.

“Had some back and forth after the gold-medal loss with the fans up here,” she said. “We were told to go back to our country and die, so I took it pretty personally.

“It’s salt from 10 years ago, but obviously a celebration. There’s a lot of passion and I think that’s what brings out the best of both teams.”

Dani Cameranesi also scored for the U.S. Jocelyne Larocque scored for Canada.

Goalie Katie Burt, making her first start for the U.S. national team in more than a year, recorded the win in net.

The teams were playing for the second time in three nights after Canada got its first win of the series, a 3-2 overtime victory on Monday in Victoria. The U.S. opened the series with a 4-1 win in Hartford, Connecticut, and and a 2-1 win in Moncton, New Brunswick, in December.

Troy Ryan, who took over as Canada’s head coach in January, kept his lines the same on Wednesday after getting the win two days earlier in his first game behind the bench. Canada’s only change came in net, where Emerance Maschmeyer took over for Ann-Renee Desbiens.

“It’s a work in progress, right?” said Ryan. “We’re trying to have a little bit of a shift to offense, and that takes some time.

“I still saw some good things out there tonight. They’re trying to implement some things that we’ve been working on in practice. As we work on the details, I think the execution will follow.”

U.S. coach Bob Corkum did some line juggling after Monday’s loss, and his speedy new combination of Kendall Coyne Schofield, Brianna Decker and Cameranesi looked dangerous early.

The trio combined to open the scoring at 8:19 of the first period. After a shot attempt by Decker bounced off the end boards, Cameranesi bounced the puck off the back of the skate of Maschmeyer and into the net.

Three minutes and 21 seconds later, Canada evened the score. From behind the goal line, Melodie Daoust fed the puck to Jocelyne Larocque, who beat Burt high to her blocker side.

The 22-year-old Burt made her first start for the U.S. since a 4-3 loss in a Rivalry Series game in Toronto in Feb. 2019.

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