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Team USA defends Women's World Hockey Championship with 7-5 win over Canada

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US women win sixth World Championship in eight tournaments.

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

The United States women's hockey team claimed its second straight world championship by getting revenge against Canada with a 7-5 victory in Malmo, Sweden.

Brianna Decker and Kendall Coyne, a Palos Heights, Ill. native, scored third-period goals after Canada tied the gold-medal game with three tallies in a two minute span in the second period.

The U.S. captured gold for the fifth time in the last six World Championships, while Canada has won the last four Olympic golds. Canada wasn't able to repeat its fortunes from Sochi, where they scored two goals in the final 3:30 of regulation to force overtime where they potted the game-winner.

The U.S. top line of Decker, Coyne and Hilary Knight led the team. Knight scored one of the four first-period goals for the U.S. and was named the tournament most valuable player and to the media all-star team along with Decker and defenseman Monique Lamoroureux.

Anne Pankowski opened the scoring less than three minutes into the game. Knight and Megan Keller added two more goals for a 3-0 lead midway throughout the first period. Anne Schleper tallied a goal and Canada answered again for a 4-2 first-period lead.

Haley Skarupa scored 7:33 into the second period, but Canada rallied with three goals in 2 minutes, 3 second-span to chase U.S. starting goaltender Jessie Vetter, who was in net for the last two Olympic gold-medal games.

It's the first championship for the U.S. under new coach, former NHL defenseman Ken Klee, and without four-time Olympian Julie Chu and Amanada Kessel, who did not play because of concussion symptoms.

Finland beat Russia 4-1 for the bronze medal. The 2016 World Championships will be held in Kamloops, B.C. in Canada.

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