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US routs Germany 8-0 at junior hockey worlds

US routs Germany 8-0 at junior hockey worlds

The United States routed Germany 8-0 Thursday at the world junior ice hockey tournament behind a goal and two assists each from Alex Galchenyuk and Riley Barber.
This was the first Pool A game for the Americans, who are tied for first place with Canada. The Canadians downed Germany 9-3 on Wednesday.
U.S. goaltender John Gibson stopped 19 shots through two periods. He was replaced for the third by Jon Gillies, who made seven saves.
Sean Kuraly added a goal and an assist for the Americans, who were dominant throughout the game and forced German goalie Marvin Cupper to make 38 saves.
Also Thursday, Switzerland beat Latvia 7-2 in Group A.
The Americans were up 3-0 after the first period, thanks to goals from Kuraly, Jacob Trouba and Galchenyuk. They scored another three in the second _ through Barber, Shayne Gostisbehere and Ryan Hartman. J.T. Miller then scored on a solo effort midway through the third and Seth Jones completed the rout less than two minutes later.
Russia is third in the Group B standings with after beating Slovakia in overtime on Wednesday, while Germany is last.
Earlier in the Group A match, Mike Kunzle scored two goals to help give Switzerland a winning start to the tournament.
Nikolais Jelisejevs put Latvia ahead on a power play but Christoph Berschy equalized and Kunzle gave Switzerland the lead for good with 1:33 left in the first period. Lukas Balmelli made it 3-1 early in the second before Arturs Sevcenko pulled a goal back less than three minutes later.
But Switzerland dominated the rest of the game, with further goals by Sven Andrighetto, Sandro Zangger, Kunzle and Alessio Bertaggia.
Luca Boltshauser had 30 saves for Switzerland, while Elvis Merzlikins made 25 stops for Latvia, which fell to its second straight loss.
Switzerland is tied for first on three points with Finland and Sweden in Group A. The Czech Republic is also in the group.
The preliminary round continues Friday with Finland facing the Czech Republic and Sweden playing Switzerland in Group A at the Sports palace, while Canada will take on Slovakia and U.S. will face Russia at Ufa Arena.


Updated : 2020-12-02 08:58 GMT+08:00