US rallies to beat Slovakia in world junior opener

U.S. goaltender Kyle Keyser stops a shot from Slovakia's Adam Ziska during the first period in a world junior men's hockey championship game in Vancou

U.S. goaltender Kyle Keyser stops a shot from Slovakia's Adam Ziska during the first period in a world junior men's hockey championship game in Vancou

CORRECTS CITY TO VICTORIA, INSTEAD OF VANCOUVER - United States' Evan Barratt, right, fights for control of the puck with Slovakia's Martin Fehervary

CORRECTS CITY TO VICTORIA, INSTEAD OF VANCOUVER - United States' Evan Barratt, right, fights for control of the puck with Slovakia's Martin Fehervary

CORRECTS CITY TO VICTORIA, INSTEAD OF VANCOUVER - United States' Mikey Anderson, right, fights for control for the puck with Slovakia's Adam Ziak duri

CORRECTS CITY TO VICTORIA, INSTEAD OF VANCOUVER - United States' Mikey Anderson, right, fights for control for the puck with Slovakia's Adam Ziak duri

CORRECTS CITY TO VICTORIA, INSTEAD OF VANCOUVER - United States' Jason Robertson crashes into Slovakia goaltender Samuel Hlavaj during the second peri

CORRECTS CITY TO VICTORIA, INSTEAD OF VANCOUVER - United States' Jason Robertson crashes into Slovakia goaltender Samuel Hlavaj during the second peri

CORRECTS CITY TO VICTORIA, INSTEAD OF VANCOUVER - United States' Dylan Samberg fights for control of the puck with Slovakia's Martin Pospisil, left, d

CORRECTS CITY TO VICTORIA, INSTEAD OF VANCOUVER - United States' Dylan Samberg fights for control of the puck with Slovakia's Martin Pospisil, left, d

Switzerland's Yannick Bruschweiler (10) skates past as Czech Republic players celebrate their overtime win in a world junior men's hockey championship

Switzerland's Yannick Bruschweiler (10) skates past as Czech Republic players celebrate their overtime win in a world junior men's hockey championship

Czech Republic's Martin Kaut, front, and David Kvasnicka celebrate after Kvasnicka scored against Switzerland during overtim  in a world junior men's

Czech Republic's Martin Kaut, front, and David Kvasnicka celebrate after Kvasnicka scored against Switzerland during overtim in a world junior men's

Czech Republic's Krystof Hrabik (26) and Switzerland's Janis Moser collide (8) during second period World Junior Hockey Championship action in Vancouv

Czech Republic's Krystof Hrabik (26) and Switzerland's Janis Moser collide (8) during second period World Junior Hockey Championship action in Vancouv

VICTORIA, British Columbia (AP) — Mikey Anderson and Evan Barratt scored early in the third period and the United States rallied to beat Slovakia 2-1 on Wednesday night to open the World Junior Championship.

Kyle Keyser made 13 saves for the Americans, allowing only Marek Korencik's goal late in the second period at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. Keyser stopped Andrej Kukuca on a penalty shot with 6:45 left to preserve the lead.

Anderson, the U.S. captain, plays for Minnesota-Duluth, Barratt for Penn State, and Keyser for the Ontario Hockey League's Oshawa Generals

Slovakia's Samuel Hlavaj also stopped a penalty shot, thwarting Jason Robertson in the second period, and finished with 32 saves.

The Americans will face Kazakhstan on Friday night, play Sweden on Saturday night and complete round-robin play against Finland on Monday night. Sweden faced Finland later Wednesday in the other Group B opener in Victoria.

In Group A at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, David Kvasnicka scored on a long wrist shot 52 seconds into overtime to give the Czech Republic a 2-1 victory over Switzerland.

Martin Kaut also scored for the Czech Republic, and Lukas Dostal made 26 saves. Mando Eggenberger scored for Switzerland, and Luca Hollenstein stopped 25 shots.

Defending champion Canada faced Denmark in the late game at Rogers Arena.