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US beats Finland 2-1 in SO in junior opener

December 27, 2014

MONTREAL (AP) — Jack Eichel and Chase DeLeo scored in a shootout to help the United States beat defending champion Finland 2-1 on Friday in their round-robin opener in the World Junior Championship.

Eichel is a freshman at Boston University, and DeLeo plays for Portland in the Western Hockey League.

Mikko Rantanen scored for Finland, and Boston College’s Alex Tuch tied it on a first-period power play. Boston College’s Thatcher Demko made 29 saves for the Americans, and Ville Husso stopped 36 shots for Finland.

In the other Group A game Friday night at Bell Centre, Canada beat Slovakia 8-0. Robby Fabbri had two goals and two assists for Canada and Zach Fucale made 12 saves.

In Group B in Toronto, Russia rallied to beat Denmark 3-2 in a shootout, and Adrian Kempe scored twice to help Sweden top the Czech Republic 5-2.

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