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Canada improves defensively, but U.S. completes 3-game sweep of Para hockey series

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Canada's national Para hockey team dropped a tough 2-1 decision to the United States on Saturday, winding up a three-game series at the Woolwich Memorial Centre in Elmira, Ont.

Despite the loss and being outshot 23-4, Canada had a number of highlights, including Dominic Larocque's 21-save performance in net and James Dunn's power-play goal.

Canada also went 3-for-3 on the penalty kill. "I thought we got back to the identity that we are trying to develop, which is making it difficult for the opposition to get good scoring opportunities," said head coach Russ Herrington. "We played like our first game of this series in terms of our defensive structure and our overall competitiveness.

We kept fighting right to the end and we are happy about the way we played. We know we can still improve before this year's world championship, but we need to put in the work to be ready to play the Americans again." Dixon, who had an assist in the loss, added: "We stuck to our game plan today.

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