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The United States beat Canada, 3-1, in a penalty shootout to win the Women's World Hockey Championship on Saturday, ending the defending champions' run of eight straight titles.

Natalie Darwitz, Angela Ruggiero and Krissy Wendell scored for the Americans after regulation and a 20-minute overtime ended 0-0. Sarah Vaillancourt scored Canada's goal in the shootout, the first in championship history.

"It was amazing out there, both teams battled so hard and both goalies obviously played outstanding," said Ruggiero, a two-time Olympian who played against men in the Central Hockey League in January. "To finally win a world championship . . . it took our program 15 years. But the longer the wait the sweeter the taste. We came so close so many times, to finally pull it off in a dramatic fashion like this feels unbelievable."

Earlier, Sweden won the bronze medal behind Maria Rooth's two goals in a 5-2 victory over Finland.

The U.S. finally won the title after losing all eight previous championship games to Canada.

The Americans outshot their opponents in every period, hit the post once in the third period and nearly scored late in overtime when Cammi Granato's shot came within inches from the goal line during a power play.

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