US opens world juniors with win over Slovakia

St. Cloud State goalie Mike Lee made 13 saves to help the United

States open the world junior championship with a 7-3 victory over

Slovakia on Saturday night.

John Carlson, Jeremy Morin, Derek Stepan, Matt Donovan, Danny

Kristo, Jordan Schroeder and Jerry D’Amigo scored for the

Americans.

After American Tyler Johnson was given a major penalty and game

misconduct for high-sticking 2 minutes into the game, Slovakia’s

Jakub Gasparovic and Martin Bakos scored power-play goals to make

it 2-0. Richard Panik also scored for Slovakia.

On Sunday, the United States will play Switzerland.

In the opening Group B game in Saskatoon, Gabriel Bourque had

three goals and four assists and five-time defending champion

Canada romped to a 16-0 victory over Latvia.

“That’s the biggest game of my career,” said Bourque, a

Nashville prospect who plays for the Moncton Wildcats. “I’m so

excited. I can’t do better than that.”

Nazem Kadri, Jordan Eberle, Patrice Cormier, Brandon Kozun and

Luke Adam each scored twice, and Travis Hamonic, Adam Henrique and

Brandon McMillan added goals.

Jake Allen made 10 saves for the shutout, while Canada had 66

shots on goal.

In Group B in Regina, Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson had a goal and

four assists in Sweden’s 10-1 victory over the Czech Republic.

Anton Lander scored twice, and Jacob Markstrom made 20 saves for

Sweden. In the night game, Yevgeni Kuznetsov scored two goals in

Russia’s 6-2 victory over Austria.