KAMLOOPS, B.C.: Hilary Knight had two goals and Brianna Decker scored the winner to help the United States begin its title defence at the women’s world hockey championship with a 3-1 victory over Canada on Monday night.
Knight’s even-strength goal tied it 1-1 with 10:02 to play, and Decker scored a power-play goal about 4 minutes later. Knight added an empty-netter with 20 seconds left.
Laura Fortino scored for Canada 14 seconds into the third period.
Alex Rigsby stopped 22 shots for the Americans, and Canada’s Emerance Maschmeyer had 36 saves.
In other preliminary-round games, Finland beat Russia 5-3, Switzerland beat Japan 4-2 and Sweden beat the Czech Republic 3-2.
Canada faces Russia and the U.S. takes on Finland on Tuesday.