On a power-play opportunity in the middle of the period, Team Canada’s Jessie Eldridge put a rebound into the back of the net in a scramble to take a 2-1 lead.
The U.S. opened the third with 1:46 of power-play time, but Canada’s penalty kill held them off.
After a back and forth start to the third, Canada went on the power play. Goaltender Maddie Rooney (Andover, Minn.) made a sprawling save just outside the crease in the early second of the player advantage to keep the Canadians off the board. With 12 seconds remaining in the power play though, Sarah Fillier extended Canada’s lead to 3-1.
With 1:30 remaining in the game, Team USA pulled the goaltender for an extra attacker, but could not make up the two-goal deficit.
Team USA opens preliminary-round play of the 2022 IIHF Women’s World Championship on Thursday against Japan. Puck drop is set for 3 p.m. local time, 9 a.m. eastern time, and can be watched live on NHL Network.