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Hefford leads Canada to exhibition win over US

CALGARY, Alberta - CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Jayna Hefford had two goals to help the Canadian women's team beat the United States 6-2 in an exhibition game on Tuesday night.

Caroline Ouellette had a goal and three assists and Meghan Agosta finished with two assists for Canada. Shannon Szabados had 20 saves.

Meghan Duggan and Monique Lamoureux scored for the U.S., which fell to 0-4 against Canada in a six-game exhibition series between the countries leading up to the Vancouver Olympics. Molly Schaus stopped 24 shots in the loss.

The series concludes with games Dec. 30 in St. Paul, Minn., and Jan. 1 in Ottawa.

"It doesn't feel good not winning," U.S. captain Natalie Darwitz said. "There's a confidence issue and confidence factor that goes into winning, team-wise and individual-wise.

"It would be nice to win one of these games, but at the same time, it's a process. The end of February is when it counts the most."

The Americans will reveal their Olympic roster Thursday and Canada is expected to do so before their players take a holiday break next Tuesday. Each team will release two skaters to get to their 21-player rosters.

Lamoureux's power-play tally at 4:44 in the second gave the U.S. a 2-1 lead but that was it for the Americans.

Hefford scored both of her goals to give Canada the lead and Marie-Philip Poulin converted a power-play opportunity late in the second to make it 4-2. Gina Kingsbury and Cherie Piper tacked on goals in the third.

"I think game in and game out, she's been our best player," Ouellette said of Hefford, her linemate. "She works really hard on the ice and off the ice. She's really fit. She's not the biggest player, but she's so tough."

Poulin, Ouellette and Kingsbury also scored in a 4-2 victory over the United States in Denver on Saturday night.


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