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Hayton, Lafreniere lead Canada over US in junior ice hockey

Canada's Alexis Lafreniere celebrates after scoring his sides fifth goal during the U20 Ice Hockey Worlds match between Canada and the United States i...
Canada's Alexis Lafreniere, left, celebrates with Canada's Ty Smith, right, after scoring his sides fifth goal during the U20 Ice Hockey Worlds match ...
Players of Canada celebrate their sides fourth goal during the U20 Ice Hockey Worlds match between Canada and the United States in Ostrava, Czech Repu...
Canada's Alexis Lafreniere celebrates after scoring his sides fifth goal during the U20 Ice Hockey Worlds match between Canada and the United States i...

Canada's Alexis Lafreniere celebrates after scoring his sides fifth goal during the U20 Ice Hockey Worlds match between Canada and the United States i...

Canada's Alexis Lafreniere, left, celebrates with Canada's Ty Smith, right, after scoring his sides fifth goal during the U20 Ice Hockey Worlds match ...

Players of Canada celebrate their sides fourth goal during the U20 Ice Hockey Worlds match between Canada and the United States in Ostrava, Czech Repu...

Canada's Alexis Lafreniere celebrates after scoring his sides fifth goal during the U20 Ice Hockey Worlds match between Canada and the United States i...

OSTRAVA, Czech Republic (AP) — Alexis Lafreniere had a goal and three assists and Barrett Hayton scored two power play goals for Canada to beat the United States 6-4 to open the world junior ice hockey championship on Thursday.

Connor McMichael, Nolan Foote, and Ty Dellandrea also scored for Canada, and goaltender Nicolas Daws made 28 saves in the Group B game.

The U.S. got a pair of goals and an assist from Shane Pinto.

Canada, the most successful team in the competition with 17 titles, is determined to rebound from a sixth-place finish last year when it hosted the tournament. It needed a comeback in its first match.

Pinto and Arthur Kaliyev scored power play goals in the opening frame to give last year's finalist the U.S. a 2-0 advantage.

McMichael, Hayton, and Foote scored in a span of less than 10 minutes in the second period comeback by Canada.

Hayton added his second midway through the third for 4-2, then Nicholas Robertson and Pinto tied it at 4.

Lafreniere, one of the top NHL draft prospects, scored the winner with 3:11 left, and Dellandrea finished it off with an empty net goal.

The U.S. next plays Germany on Friday, while Canada faces Russia on Saturday.

In Group A contested in Trinec, Finland began its title defense by losing to Sweden 3-2 in overtime.

The host Czech Republic defeated Russia 4-3 in Group B, and Switzerland topped Kazakhstan 5-3 in Group A.

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Updated : 2021-01-22 05:02 GMT+08:00