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Canadians get better of U.S. in battle at Four Nations

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TIKKURILA, Finland -- Canada remained unbeaten at the Four Nations Cup on Wednesday after a 3-1 win over the archrival Americans at Valtti Areena.

American Hilary Knight opened the scoring early in the second period but Marie-Philip Poulin and Gillian Apps scored 35 seconds apart for a lead Canada wouldn't relinquish. Hayley Wickenheiser added an insurance goal as Canada improved to 2-0 at the four-team tournament.

"These are the games we want to play in," Apps said. "I think if you ask anyone on the American team or the Canadian team, it's an amazing rivalry. We know they're fast and so talented. We have to be prepared for that and play physical and play our game. They're fun games to play in, just to battle it out for the full 60 minutes.

"Obviously it's always nice to come out with a win, but we're far from done our work here. We're just going to keep moving forward."

The Canadians will enjoy an off-day today before closing round-robin play Friday against Sweden. The medal games are scheduled for Saturday.

The Americans beat Canada 4-3 in a shootout in last year's final in Sweden.

Canada last won the Four Nations Cup in 2010, defeating the Americans 3-2 in overtime. Canada has won this event 12 times over its 16-year history.

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 8, 2012 D10

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