LONDON, Ontario — Alex Rigsby made 33 saves and Hilary Knight scored as the United States earned a 1-0 victory over Canada on Tuesday night in the opener of a three-game series between the rivals.
Knight poked a rebound behind goalie Emerance Maschmeyer with 1:40 left in the second period to quiet the announced crowd of 9,036 at Budweiser Gardens.
The Americans have beaten the Canadian women eight of the past 10 times at major tournaments. Of those 10 games, there was a difference of more than two goals only twice. Six of the games were decided in overtime or a shootout.
Canada had the better opportunities in the first period. The closest the Canadians came to scoring was when Blayre Turnbull sneaked behind the defense and cut in on Rigsby from the right face-off circle. Rigsby made a sprawling save.
Tempers flared in front of the Canadian net as time was running out in the first. The result was minor penalties to both teams, leaving them to close out the period playing 4-on-4.
The Americans continued their strong defense in the third period as Canada was relentless in pursuit of the tying goal. Rigsby was solid throughout.
The series continues Feb. 14 in Toronto and concludes Feb. 17 in Detroit.