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Americans blank Germany at World Juniors

U.S. 2nd in group behind Canada after 6-0 win

Associated Press

MONTREAL – University of Michigan forward Dylan Larkin had two goals and an assist in the United States’ 6-0 victory over Germany on Sunday night in the World Junior Championship.

The University of Minnesota’s Hudson Fasching had a goal and an assist, Jack Eichel, Auston Matthews and Sonny Milano also scored, and Brandon Halverson made 14 saves.

Eichel plays for Boston University, Milano for the Plymouth Whalers in the Ontario Hockey League and the 17-year-old Matthews, from Scottsdale, Arizona, is a member of the U.S. National Under-18 Team. Halverson plays for Sault Ste. Marie in the OHL.

The Americans are second in Group A with five points after opening Friday with a 2-1 shootout victory over Finland. The Americans will play Slovakia today and finish group play Wednesday night against Canada. The Canadians top the group with six points with two regulation wins.

In Group B in Toronto, Pavel Buchnevich had a goal and two assists and Igor Shestyorkin made 32 saves to help Russia beat Switzerland 7-0.

Russia is second in the group with five points after opening with a shootout victory over Denmark on Friday. Sweden tops the group with six points with two regulation wins.

Switzerland’s Phil Baltisberger was taken off on a stretcher in the second period after Anatoli Golyshev’s high hit from behind. Golyshev received a major penalty and game misconduct and will be suspended at least one game. Baltisberger was taken to a hospital.

“He can feel his legs, he’s all right,” Swiss captain Yannick Rathgeb said. “He can feel everything.”

Switzerland was coming off an opening 5-2 victory over the Czech Republic on Saturday.

The top two teams in each group will advance to the quarterfinals.

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