Raygan Kirk got her first start for Team Canada but an early third-period goal by the Americans gave them a lead they wouldn't give up in what finished a 3-2 loss for Canada.

After a back and forth opening 20 minutes of play, Canada scored the opening goal with just over three minutes to go in the first.

Another early strike by Canada pushed the lead to 2-0 less than two minutes into the second.

Team USA cranked it up scoring a pair of goals 14 seconds apart to knot the game at 2-2.

Kirk was huge for Canada in the second, making several key stops to keep the game tied, including a sprawling save to stonewall Casey O’Brien trying to finish off a 2-on-1.

In the third, the Americans scored to get their first lead of the game 3-2.

Canada had their chances to tie the game throughout the third period as the USA got themselves into penalty trouble.

Unable to capitalize, Canada was dealt their first loss of the tournament to fall to 1-1.

Kirk finished the night with 20 saves on 23 shots against.

Canada wraps up the preliminary round vs Russia on Tuesday at 10:00 pm CT.

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Thursday, March 21st

CSHL
Grunthal 4 Ste. Anne 3
(best of 7 final tied 2-2)

HTJHL
Springfield 4 Red River 3
(Mudbugs lead best of 7 final 2-1)

Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League
Wpg Wild 6 Brandon 3
(1st game in best of 5 final)

NHL
Tampa Bay 6 Carolina 3
Boston 5 New Jersey 1
Florida 4 Arizona 2
Montreal 4 N.Y. Islanders 0
St. Louis 5 Detroit 2
Pittsburgh 2 Nashville 1 (SO)
Philadelphia 3 Chicago 1
Colorado 3 Dallas 1
Edmonton 4 Columbus 1
Calgary 5 Ottawa 1
Winnipeg at Vegas, 9 p.m.
San Jose at Los Angeles, 9:30 p.m.

Major League Baseball
American League
Seattle 5 Oakland 4 (12 innings)

NBA
Denver 113 Washington 108
Charlotte 113 Minnesota 106
Atlanta 117 Utah 114
Detroit at Phoenix, 9 p.m.
Dallas at Sacramento, 9 p.m.
Indiana at Golden State, 9:30 p.m.

Friday, March 22nd

CSHL
Grunthal at Ste. Anne, 7:30 p.m.
(Aces lead best of 7 final 3-1)

MJHL
Steinbach at Swan Valley, 7:30 p.m.
(1st game in best of 7 semifinal)

AHL
Manitoba at Colorado, 8:05 p.m.

NHL
Minnesota at Washington, 6 p.m.
San Jose at Anaheim, 9 p.m.

NBA
Memphis at Orlando, 6 p.m.
L.A. Clippers at Cleveland, 6:30 p.m.
Oklahoma City at Toronto, 6:30 p.m.
Denver at New York, 6:30 p.m.
San Antonio at Houston, 7 p.m.
Miami at Milwaukee, 7:30 p.m.
Brooklyn at L.A. Lakers, 9:30 p.m.

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