There was no brawl, but there was plenty of on-ice excitement in pre-Olympic women's hockey action on Saturday as Team USA grabbed a 3-2 decision from Team Canada in a shootout.
A big crowd was on hand to watch a closely-fought game. Team USA took a 2-0 lead through 40 minutes, but the Canadians fought back in the third on two goals in a span of 1:14. Meghan Agosta-Marciano and Marie-Philip Poulin scored for Canada and goaltender Charline Labonte held off a late American surge to force overtime, then send the game to the shootout.
The only goal of the skills competition was a hard shot off the stick of Team USA's Hilary Knight, which squeezed through Labonte to give the Americans the win.
The game was the fifth in a six-game exhibition series and the win gives Team USA a 3-2 edge in the series.
The final game will be held Monday in Toronto, then Team USA will make its Olympic roster announcement on January 1 during the NHL Winter Classic.
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