OTTAWA -- Jennifer Wakefield scored in a shootout and Canada beat the United States 3-2 in a shootout to open the women's world hockey championship Tuesday.
Wakefield's score was the shootout winner when goaltender Shannon Szabados stopped Hilary Knight in the fourth round. Meghan Agosta-Marciano also scored and Szabados stopped three of four shots for Canada in the shootout.
"I thought about jumping into the boards, but I didn't want to celebrate too hard in case they went down and scored," Wakefield said. "But a lot of credit to Szabados stopping three of the four. That was phenomenal."
Canada trailed 2-0 after two periods. Captain Hayley Wickenheiser skated to the bench and headed for the dressing room in the second period. She did not return.
"Heading into the third period with a two-goal lead, we've got to make sure we're making smart chips, smart pucks," U.S. captain Julie Chu said. "Turnovers are going to cost us and I think that's kind of what happened."
Knight was the first shooter for the United States and she scored on that attempt before Szabados stopped her second.
The U.S. had the momentum until Canada's Rebecca Johnston and Catherine Ward scored in the final nine minutes of regulation to send the game into overtime.
"We're a confident group and we were able to take it to them in the third," Wakefield said.
Monique Lamoureux and Brianna Decker scored for the United States.
Szabados stopped 24 of 26 shots in net in regulation, while Jessie Vetter of the U.S made 27 saves on 29 shots.