Hilary Knight scores for third straight game in USA’s overtime loss to Canada

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Hilary Knight plays against Canada in the 2021 IIHF World Women’s Championship gold medal game on August 31, 2021 in Calgary, Canada.

The Winter Olympics are approaching and Hilary Knight is on the hunt for goals.

It just wasn’t enough to secure a victory Wednesday night in Game 5 of the My Why Tour against Canada.

Knight didn’t score the game-winner like she had in the United States’ last two wins over Canada, but she did help the American force into overtime at the Centene Ice Center in Maryland Heights, Missouri. Knight hammered a shot deflected to the right side of the net by Canadian defenseman Renata Fast at 4:18 of the start of the third period. It was Knight’s fourth goal in his last three games.

USA had a series of frantic chances early in the extra period, including a run with speedster Brianna Decker opening up for a chance, then a run for goal and a backhand attempt from Abbey Murphy. But all the sustained pressure couldn’t produce a winner. That came from the Canadians through Marie Philip Poulin, who took the win under Alex Cavallini with 1:09 left in overtime.

The special teams played a key role in both regulatory objectives. Poulin scored on the power play in the second period to give Canada the lead. Knight’s goal came at the end of a 5-on-3 for the United States. Both goaltenders faced a high volume of shots, with Cavallini making 24 saves and Ann-Renee Desbiens making 31 saves.

After Team USA tied the My Why Tour with back-to-back wins in November, Canada came back on top with their Game 5 victory. The rivals will meet on the same ice Thursday night before another United States game in St. Paul, Minnesota on Monday. This final game will be the last chance for the American skaters to impress as they seek to make the Olympic roster, which will be announced on New Year’s Day. The My Why Tour wraps up in January with two games in Alberta.

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