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Fillier scores 2, Canada beats US again in women's hockey

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Sarah Fillier scored twice, including the go-ahead goal with 3:58 remaining, and Canada beat the United States 3-2 in Game 2 of the rivals' nine-game pre-Olympic series on Monday night.

Victoria Bach also scored for Canada, which opened the series with a 3-1 win at Allentown, Pennsylvania, on Friday night. The Canadians, who beat the Americans for the gold medal at the world championships this summer, have now won four straight against the U.S. - their best run since a five-game streak from Dec. 3, 2017 to Feb. 15, 2018.

Cayla Barnes had a goal and an assist and Amanda Kessel also scored for the U.S.

The game featured a rematch of goaltenders from Canada's 3-2 overtime win at worlds on Aug. 31. Canada's Ann-Renee Desbiens stopped 18 shots while USA's Nicole Hensley stopped 17.

The series resumes at Kingston, Ontario, on Nov. 21.

American defenseman Megan Keller committed an undisciplined roughing penalty that led to the decisive goal. Keller cross-checked a Canadian player near the benches.

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