December 29, 2008 in Sports

U.S. gets past Czechs

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Team USA’s Matt Rust celebrates after scoring a goal in Sunday’s game.
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OTTAWA – University of Minnesota freshman Jordan Schroeder had two goals and an assist to help the United States beat the Czech Republic 4-3 on Sunday night in the world junior hockey championship.

Schroeder, eligible for the 2009 NHL draft, leads the United States (2-0) in scoring with three goals and four assists.

New Hampshire’s James van Riemsdyk, the second overall pick in the 2007 draft by Philadelphia, added a goal and an assist. Michigan’s Matt Rust also scored, and Thomas McCollum, who plays for the Ontario Hockey League’s Guelph Storm, made 24 saves.

Former Spokane Chief Ondrej Roman, Martin Paryzek and Jan Kana scored for the Czech Republic (0-2), coming off an 8-1 loss to Canada in its opener.

The United States will face Kazakhstan (0-2) on Tuesday night.

Earlier at Scotiabank Place, Jamie Benn scored three goals, and John Tavares and Cody Hodgson each had two goals and two assists in Canada’s 15-0 win over Kazakhstan.

Defenseman P.K. Subban also scored twice and Tyler Ennis had a goal and two assists.

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