December 27, 2010 in Sports

U.S. hockey team wins world juniors opener


BUFFALO, N.Y. — The U.S. hockey team opened its defense of the world junior title the way it closed last year’s tournament – with a thrilling overtime win.

Nick Bjugstad scored with 1:52 left in overtime and the Americans beat Finland 3-2 on Sunday night.

“I think it was a hard win, but one that will be good for us,” Team USA coach Keith Allain said. “It was a hard win, but good for us to build on too.”

Goalie Jack Campbell stopped 32 of 34 shots. Justin Faulk and Jason Zucker also scored for the U.S.

In other action, Canada scored three third-period goals in a 6-3 win over Russia. Sweden cruised to a 7-1 win over Norway and Switzerland scored four first-period goals but hung on for a 4-3 win over Germany.

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