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Spooner lifts Canada past US in Four Nations Cup

LAKE PLACID, New York (AP) — Natalie Spooner broke a deadlock in a 5-on-3 power play with 3:30 left as Canada beat the United States 4-2 on Wednesday in the Four Nations Cup women's hockey tournament.

Megan Bozek and Josephine Pucci gave Canada the two-player advantage with delay of game penalties 1:18 apart. Brianne Jenner added an empty-net goal with 12 seconds to go, Haley Irwin and Melanie Daoust also scored and Genevieve Lacasse stopped 21 shots for Canada.

Lyndsey Fry leveled it at 2-2 for the U.S. midway through the third period. Kelli Stack also scored and Jessie Vetter made 25 saves. On Friday, Canada will face Sweden, and the U.S. will play Finland. The pre-Olympic event opened Tuesday, with Canada beating Finland 3-1, and the U.S. routing Sweden 10-0.

Earlier Wednesday, Meeri Raisanen made 25 saves, and Tea Villila and Mintuu Tuominen scored in Finland's 2-0 victory over Sweden. Villila scored in the first period, and Tuominen had a power-play goal 24 seconds into the third to help Finland rebound from an opening 3-1 loss to Canada on Tuesday.

The United States, a 10-0 winner over Sweden on Tuesday, faced Canada later Wednesday in the pre-Olympic event.

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