The United States beat Canada beat on Wednesday in the opener of a three-game exhibition series for the women’s hockey national development teams. (File photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Bilka scores OT winner as Americans top Canada at women’s development camp

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. — Hannah Bilka scored a power-play goal in overtime as the United States edged Canada 4-3 on Wednesday in the opener of a three-game exhibition series for the women’s hockey national development teams.

Grace Zumwinkle, Natalie Snodgrass and Taylor Heise also scored for the Americans.

Canada’s Sophie Shirley and Kristin O’Neill had scored twice in the final six minutes of the third period to force overtime. Claire Thompson had the other goal for the under-22 Canadian team.

Also Wednesday, Canada’s under-18 team opened its own three-game series against the U.S. with a 5-4 win.

Aly McLeod led the offence with a pair of goals and Anne Cherkowski chipped in with three assists.

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