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Team USA and Team Canada continued their march towards the first of likely two collisions in the women's tournament, with solid wins on Tuesday.

Team USA trailed 2-0 when the second period ended, but two-time Olympian Kendall Coyne scored quickly when the US returned to the ice.

And it will be a promising one since they beat the American team at the opening Olympic tournament in PyeongChang on Wednesday, with a 3:2 win against the U.S.

"We're here now, we knew it was going to be hard to be here without him", Team USA head coach Tony Granato said.

The US women have no problem getting chances when they play the Canadians. "So it's good for us to learn from that third period".

Jordan Greenway buried a loose puck from in tight at 12:57 of the middle frame as the US took a two-goal lead.

Okanagan Hockey Academy alumna Emily Clark recorded one shot in the game and played 12:24. Suddenly, the USA stood just one goal away from reaching the Canadians. If nothing else, this goal provided a feel-good moment. So I think there was a bit of a lull. She also played on the team in 2002 and 2006. Welch redeemed himself by somehow extending his body for a dramatic diving save to keep the 1-0 lead. Terry's puck-handling often dazzled Slovenia's physical defenders, but his passes to the front of the net often were botched by slow-reacting teammates.

USA coach Tony Granato wasn't impressed with his team's energy level at the end of regulation, while OAR captain Pavel Datsyuk preached better attention to defence, especially when holding a lead. After a scoreless second, the Slovaks jumped all over the OAR's sloppy play before 25-year-old, Peterborough Petes alumnus Peter Ceresnak collected the victor on a powerplay off yet another second delay-of-game penalty from the Russians. "If we can sustain the energy that we played with the first two periods, that would be what would help us be successful".

In the game because of goalie Gasper Kroselj, who stopped 34 of 36 shots, Slovenia came to life when Jan Urbas scored 5:37 into the third period.

Thursday's game was their first meeting since Canada edged the US 2-1 in overtime December 17 in Edmonton.

NOTES: Granato said Ryan Zapolski will start in goal versus Slovakia after allowing three goals on 25 shots against Slovenia. Let's hope so - watching this wunderkind is one of the reasons we were tuning in for a non-NHL Olympics.

"It was exciting and something that I always dreamed of doing", said the Boston University junior. And then Decker rang one off the post, the fourth of the game for the US, in the final seconds.

"To win, we don't need a miracle", Granato said. It could've been a little fatigue set in mentally because of the way that the day was.

While Scrivens has seen the most action in goal in pre-tournament play, Desjardins declined to reveal his starter - saying he prefers to wait on that to make sure everyone is healthy.

But a deeper look shows both the Americans and the Olympic Athletes of Russian Federation - who open at the same time against Slovakia - better be ready to go.