Wickenheiser, Johnston help Canada beat US 6-3

  • Associated Press
  • October 17, 2013 - 11:20 PM

BOISBRIAND, Quebec — Hayley Wickenheiser and Rebecca Johnston each scored twice to help Canada's women's hockey beat the United States 6-3 in an exhibition game Thursday night.

Caroline Ouellette and Jayna Hefford also scored, and Charline Labonte made 21 saves.

"It's incredible," said Labonte, from Boisbriand. "I couldn't have asked for more. To bring the Canadian team here against the Americans, I knew people would answer the call. We immediately felt their support.

"I couldn't have asked for anything better. It was worthy of Boisbriand."

Brianna Decker, Kendall Coyne and Jocelyne Lamoureux scored for the Americans. Jessie Vetter allowed three goals on 13 shot in the first period, and Molly Schaus stopped seven of 10 shots in the final two periods.

The game was the second of six between the teams before the start of the Olympic Games in Sochi in February. The Canadians won the opener 3-2 on Saturday night in Burlington, Vt.

"We came out really strong and we had a great start and a lot of energy," Wickenheiser said. "They tried to take some physical liberties early on and they got away with a few things early in the game. But then we came back and we just played a pretty physical game."

The teams will meet next Dec. 12 in Calgary, Alberta.

Canada is the three-time defending Olympic champion.

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