TAMPA, Fla. — The United States got the better of Canada once again in the final of the Four Nations Cup.
Hannah Brandt had back-to-back goals in the second period as the U.S. topped the Canadians 5-1 on Sunday to win the tournament for a third straight year.
"When we lose, it's always frustrating. But we have to stay together and we will keep working towards our goal one day at a time," Canada captain Marie-Philip Poulin said.
"That's not the result we wanted, but we will go back to Calgary and work hard as a team. It's a long year and we will keeping working to get better."
The Four Nations Cup is the lone international tournament for Canada ahead of the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The two countries will meet again on Dec. 3 in St. Paul, Minn., as part of a pre-Olympic exhibition tour.
The Canadians last won the Four Nations Cup in 2014 and has captured gold 14 times at the event compared to eight titles for the U.S.
Hilary Knight, Amanda Kessel and Kendall Coyne rounded out the attack for the Americans. Maddie Rooney stopped 19 shots for the win.
Meghan Agosta's goal 10:42 into the third period pulled Canada to within a goal of its rivals. Genevieve Lacasse made 22 saves in net.
"I thought we definitely had a good first period but we had numerous chances that we didn't capitalize on," Canadian head coach Laura Schuler said. "Unfortunately, it was really the last five minutes of the third where we weren't disciplined that ended up costing us. The final score wasn't indicative of how the game was played."
The U.S. went 3 for 7 on the power play and the Canadians were 1 for 4.