The U.S. won its second consecutive women’s world hockey championship with a 4-1 win over Canada yesterday in Finland.

The Americans have won back-to-back titles for the first time after beating Canada 4-3 in last year’s final in China.

The Americans are 4-2 versus Canada in their last six games and are 3-0 in finals in their last three international tournaments.

Caitlin Cahow scored a pair of goals and Meghan Duggan also scored for the U.S. Hilary Knight added an empty-net goal.

Winnipeg’s Jennifer Botterill replied for Canada.

The Americans scored on their first shift of the game. Jenny Potter found Cahow on the edge of Canada’s crease and Cahow backhanded the puck over goalie Charline Labonte’s pad 24 seconds after the opening face-off.

Host Finland won the bronze medal for the ninth time in the tournament’s history with a 4-1 win over Sweden earlier in the day.

The sparse women’s international hockey calendar traditionally consists of the world championships, the annual Four Nations Cup involving the top four countries and a European Cup.

However, Canada and the U.S. have scheduled six exhibition games against each other next winter. In addition to the Four Nations Cup in Finland, an Olympic test event will be held in Vancouver starting Aug. 31. The Hockey Canada Cup will feature Canada, the U.S., Sweden and Finland.

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