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Canada’s under-22 women’s hockey team gets swept by U.S. with 4-3 loss

Team Canada's Marie-Philip Poulin, centre, fights for control of the puck with Finland's Tanja Niskanen, left, and Karoliina Rantamaki, right, during second period Hockey Canada Cup action at GM Place in Vancouver, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2009.

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Jocelyne Lamoureux scored the go-ahead goal midway through the third period as the U.S. swept a three-game exhibition series against Canada's under-22 women's hockey team with a 4-3 victory on Sunday.

Canada let a 2-0 lead slip away in the second period when the Americans scored three unanswered goals to pull ahead going into the final period.

Marie-Philip Poulin scored short handed at 10:40 to tie the game for Canada, but Lamoureux scored less than a minute later with Laura Stacey off for slashing to put the U.S. ahead for good.

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Despite the sweep, Canadian coach Lisa Jordan pointed out the positives her team can take away from the series.

"We're disappointed with the result but we're pleased with the growth and performance with game to game," she said. "We brought a young team into this competition and the U.S. brought an older team. We really went toe-to-toe with them and today was a good example of what we're capable of.

"Performance-wise we grew in a lot of areas and we'll stay focused on that."

Melodie Daoust opened the scoring for Canada in the first and Sarah Davis doubled the lead six minutes into the second.

Brianna Decker scored two straight goals for the U.S. to tie the game and Monique Lamoureux made it 3-2 after two.

Monique and Jocelyne Lamoureux each finished with two assists in the game.

Emerance Maschmeyer made 22 saves on 26 shots for Canada, while Alex Rigsby stopped 30 shots at the other end.

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It was Canada's first sweep to the under-22 Americans since 2004.

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