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Knight scores in overtime to give U.S. the win over Canada and the gold medal

It was Hilary Knight. Of course it was Hilary Knight.

Knight scored in overtime to give the United States a 3-2 win over Canada and the gold medal in the IIHF Women's World Championship in USA Hockey arena in Plymouth, Mich., Friday night.

Knight blocked a shot in the defensive zone and got the puck to Kendall Coyne. The speedy forward created space in the rush into the Canadian zone and passed to Knight who found the back of the net.

It was the fourth straight World Championship for the U.S. but the first time they've won on home soil. The U.S. took silver in Lake Placid, N.Y. (1994), Minneapolis (2001) and Burlington, Vermont (2012).

It also was the fourth time in the last six gold medal games of the Women's World Championship that the U.S. and Canada have gone to overtime.

From start to finish, it was a classic American-Canadian battle.

Canada took the early lead, scoring just 1:01 into the game with Meghan Agosta scoring in transition. The U.S tied it up at 4:34 on a wrist shot from Kacey Bellamy.

The scoreless second period saw quality chances both ways, although Canada had the edge. American goalie Nicole Hensley made several big stops, including an impressive glove save late in the period on Bailey Bram.

The U.S. came out strong in the third and just 42 seconds into the period, Bellamy took a beautiful backhand pass from Knight and scored her second of the game to give the Americans a 2-1 lead. It was the first two goals of the tournament for Bellamy, an alternate captain for Team USA. Over her previous 36 games in the World Championships, Bellamy had totaled just two goals.

With 10:16 left in the third, Canada appeared to score on the power play but the call on the ice was no goal. After reviewing the play, officials called a good goal for Brianne Jenner, tying the game, 2-2 with 10:16 left in the third. The U.S. had two late power plays in regulation, but couldn't get a goal. The Americans dominated the start of overtime, using their speed to keep pressure on Canada.

This was the 18th IIHF Women's World Championship and all 18 have featured a U.S.-Canada final.

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