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Canada prepares to face U.S. at Four Nations Cup

Canada plays its second game of the Four Nations Cup on Thursday at 1 p.m. ET as the national women's hockey team faces off against the longtime rival Americans.

Agosta has advice for young Canadian teammates

Canada's national women's hockey team will face their longtime rivals, the United States, on Thursday at the Four Nations Cup. The Canadians, who downed the Americans 3-2 in last year's final, opened this year's tourney with a 2-0 victory over Finland on Wednesday. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press)

Canada and the United States will face off Thursday at 1 p.m. ET in Sweden in a rematch of last year's Four Nations Cup final, won 3-2 by the Canadian national women's hockey team.

However, the last time Canada faced the U.S. on the international stage was at the IIHF women's world championship in April, with Canada suffering a 7-5 loss.

Canada opened the Four Nations Cup Wednesday with a 2-0 win over Finland. Veteran team member Meghan Agosta rebounded quickly from a season off the ice, scoring Canada's first goal five minutes into the second period. Fellow forward Natalie Spooner added a second goal later in the period.

But Canada expects the U.S. to force a faster-paced, end-to-end challenge.

"I tell the young girls 'you play against these girls in [NCAA] Division 1 hockey," says Agosta. "It's the same thing. We just need to be poised and go out there and play Canadian hockey working hard every single shift and winning battles all over the ice from start to finish."

Agosta was away from hockey last year while attending police academy in Vancouver.

Canada has won the Four Nations Cup 14 times while the United States has won five times.

Canada will face Sweden on Saturday, and the top two teams from the preliminary round advance to Sunday's final. 

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