U.S. breezes by Czech Republic: world juniors
Russia thrashes Norway, Sweden downs Switzerland
U.S. 5, Czech Republic 1
Jon Gillies made 23 saves, and the U.S. World Junior team got offensive contributions from five different players to breeze past the Czech Republic 5-1 in preliminary round action on Thursday.
Riley Barber, Will Butcher, Hudson Fasching, Jaccob Slavin, and Vince Hinostroza scored for the U.S., while Michal Plutnar scored the lone goal for the Czech Republic.
The Americans jumped out to a 2-0 lead on two power-play goals in the first period, and added two even-strength goals in the second.
Plutnar scored on a power play in the third period to make it a 4-1 game, but Hinostroza sealed the victory with the fifth U.S. goal at 17:49 of the final frame.
Czech goaltender Daniel Dolejs made 28 saves in the losing effort.
Sweden 5, Switzerland 3
Filip Forsberg scored a goal and added an assist as host Sweden edged Switzerland 5-3 in preliminary round action at the World Junior championship.
Christian Djoos, Andreas Johnson, Oskar Sundqvist, and Lukas Bengtsson also scored for Sweden, and Jacob de la Rose helped with two assists.
Fabrice Herzog, Sandro Zangger, and Kevin Fiala responded for Switzerland.
Swiss goaltender Melvin Nyffeler made 31 saves in the losing effort, while his counterpart, Oskar Dansk, stopped 30 shots for the win.
Switzerland attacked first with a power-play goal from Zangger at 5:43 of the first period, but gave up the lead one minute later on Forsberg's goal.
The Swiss squad took advantage of a Sweden penalty to tie the game 3-3 on Herzog's goal at 1:01 of the third period, but the hosts fought back with two unanswered goals from Djoos and Johnson to seal the win.
Russia 11, Norway 0
Anton Slepyshev, Nikita Zadorov and Vadim Khlopotov each scored twice as Russia thumped Norway 11-0 at the IIHF World Junior hockey tournament in Sweden on Thursday.
Mikhail Grigorenko and Damir Zhafyarov had a goal and two assists a piece, while Nikia Tryamkin, Vyacheslav Osnovin, and Alexander Barabanov also scored for Russia in its first game of the under-20 event.
Norway's goaltender Henrik Haukeland made 17 saves on 27 shots through the first two periods before he was replaced by Joachim Svendsen to start the third. Svendsen gave up one goal on seven shots.
Russian goaltenders Ivan Nalimov and Andrei Vasilevski stopped 15 combined shots for the shutout.
Nalimov played 30:40, making eight saves, while Vasilevski played the final 29:20 and turned aside seven shots.
Earlier, Canada downed Germany 7-2.