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Ice Hockey - Winter Olympics Day 5 - Canada v United States

Hilary Knight #21 and Kelli Stack #16 of the United States celebrate after Knight scores against Charline Labonte #32 of Canada in the second period during the Women’s Ice Hockey Preliminary Round Group A game on day five of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Shayba Arena on February 12, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Matt Slocum - Pool/Getty Images)

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The U.S. women’s hockey team, after a near-boycott, opens its bid for its first world championship on home ice in Plymouth, Mich., on Friday.

The U.S. also seeks its first four-peat in world championships history, dating to the first tournament in 1990.

Its first three games will be in group play against the world’s other top nations -- three-time Olympic champion Canada, Russia and Finland.

The top two teams in group play advance directly to the semifinals next Thursday. The bottom two advance to the quarterfinals.

The U.S. is coached by former NHL goalie Robb Stauber. Its roster is packed with Olympic silver medalists, including forward Hilary Knight, who was the MVP of the last two world championships.

Forward Amanda Kessel is on her first worlds team since 2013 after coming back from a life-altering concussion.

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The slated U.S. schedule:

DateTime (ET)OpponentNetwork
Friday, March 317:30 p.m.CanadaNHL Network/
Saturday, April 13:30 p.m.RussiaNHL Network/
Monday, April 37:30
Thursday, April
Friday, April 73:30 p.m.Bronze-Medal GameNHL Network/
Friday, April 77:30 p.m.Gold-Medal GameNHL Network/