United States 12, Japan 2
GAVLE, Sweden (AP) _ Twin brothers Chris and Peter Ferraro combined for seven points as the United States routed Japan 12-2 Tuesday for its first victory in the World Junior Hockey Championships.
The U.S. team (1-2) led 5-0 after the first period in the game played at nearby Falun. Brian Rolston, a forward from Lake Superior State, finished with three goals and two assists, started the rout with a goal just 26 seconds into the game.
Chris Ferraro also scored three goals, completing his hat trick early in the second period to give the Americans a 6-0 lead. He also set up one goal. Peter Ferraro, who plays college hockey with Chris at Maine, had two goals and one assist.
Jim Campbell of the Hull Olympiques, Ryan Sittler of Michigan, Pat Peake of the Detroit Jr. Red Wings and Pat Mikesch of Michigan Tech scored the other U.S. goals.
The United States finished third last year for its best performance in the junior championships, but lost 3-0 to Canada and 6-5 to Czechoslovakia in its first two games in Sweden this year. The Americans play Germany on Wednesday.
Akira Ihara and Taiji Susumago scored in the second period for Japan, a newcomer in junior hockey’s elite group. The Japanese had failed to score in their first two games, losing 16-0 to Russia and 7-0 to Finland.
Canada (3-0) put itself in excellent position to win the gold medal in the round-robin tournament as Ralph Intranuovo and Martin Gendron scored two goals each in a 9-1 rout of Russia. A victory on Wednesday over Finland, also 3-0 after an 11-0 victory over Germany, would give the Canadians the inside track to the gold.
Canada’s tempo was quicker from the start, and it seemed to catch the usually fleet-footed Russians asleep. Intranuovo’s shorthanded goal helped the Canadians to a 3-0 lead in the first period and they turned the game into a blowout with five unanswered goals in the third.
″We were ready to go at this tempo and they were trying to get to it,″ said coach Pat Pearn after the Canadians’ biggest win ever over the Russians - one that avenged a 7-0 loss last year.
In the other game, Sweden (2-1) downed Czechoslovakia (1-2) 7-2.