Gadjovich scores twice, Canada routs Slovakia 6-0

Slovakia goalie David Hrenak lets in a goal by Canada's Jordan Kyrou (obscured) during the third period of IIHF World Junior Championship preliminary round hockey game action in Buffalo, N.Y., Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017. (Mark Blinch/The Canadian Press via AP)

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Jonah Gadjovich scored twice and Canada routed Slovakia 6-0 on Wednesday night to improve to 2-0 in the world junior hockey championship.

Maxime Comtois, Taylor Raddysh, Sam Steel and Jordan Kyrou also scored and Colton Point made 20 saves. Canada was coming off a 4-2 victory over Finland on Tuesday in its Group A opener.

David Hrenak made 48 saves for Slovakia.

The defending champion United States opened Tuesday night with a 9-0 victory over Denmark. The Americans will resume Group A play Thursday night against Slovakia, then will face Canada on Friday in an outdoor game at the Buffalo Bills’ stadium in Orchard Park.

In the lone Group B game Wednesday, Philipp Kurashev, Nicolas Muller and Valentin Nussbaumer scored and Philip Wuthrich made 27 saves to help Switzerland open with a 3-2 victory over Belarus. Mmaxim Sushko and Viktor Bovbel scored for Belarus, coming off a 6-1 loss to Sweden on Tuesday.