CALGARY -- Canada's under-22 women's hockey team lost 4-1 to the United States on Thursday.
The Americans notched their first regulation-time win against the Canadians since 2004 in Game 1 of a three-game exhibition series.
After falling behind 2-0, forward Nicole Kosta took a pass from linemate Jessica Campbell and scored in the second period as Canada held the momentum going into the intermission.
But the Canadians took a slew of penalties in the third period and the Americans added two more goals to run away with the game.
Canada took four straight trips to the penalty box, and the third American goal came on the power play.
Coach Lisa Jordan was disappointed with her team's poor performance in the third period, especially considering the late flurry in the second. "I think we would have liked to have not gone into the room after the second," said Jordan. "In the third, we were expecting to give a little more push back but it didn't happen.
"We need to stay out of the box and be more disciplined, and just be a bigger threat offensively."
The Americans outshot Canada 30-17, and 10-3 in the third. Goalie Ann-Renee Desbiens made 26 saves in the losing cause.
"Our execution level was average and it's going to be better," Jordan said.