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Junior hockey: Crowell's team beats Canada

The United States Under-18 Women's National Team, coached by Minnesota Duluth's Maura Crowell, overcame a two-goal deficit to defeat Canada 3-2 in preliminary-round play Monday at the IIHF U-18 World Championship at Obihiro Forest Ice Arena in Obihiro, Japan.

"I think we played a strong, focused and intense game all the way through," Crowell told USA Hockey in a news release. "To be down 2-0, then come back and score those two goals and get the go-ahead in the third really shows the character of the group we have. We'll enjoy this win tonight and look to continue improving against Sweden on Wednesday."

Team USA (2-0) faces Sweden on Wednesday.

Down 2-0 in the second period, the U.S. stormed back by scoring two goals just 14 seconds apart. Dominique Petrie and Abbey Murphy tied the game, then Murphy netted the game-winner in the final period.

The Americans' Clara Van Wieren is committed to attending UMD.