Czech Republic 6, Germany 3
BOSTON (AP) _ Michal Bros had two goals and an assist as the Czech Republic swarmed over Germany to win 6-3 Wednesday in its second victory in the World Junior Hockey Championship.
The Czechs outshot Germany 40-18, and dominated both ends of the rink in a penalty-filled game at the Mullins Center in Amherst at the University of Massachusetts.
Czech goalie Tomas Vokoun faced just 15 shots in the contest.
Germany took a 1-0 lead 1:32 into the game on Jochen Hecht’s goal, but then was held scoreless for much of the game. The Germans took only two shots on net in the second period, including Florian Keller’s unassisted goal that pulled them to 4-2.
But the Czechs kept up the pressure, adding two more goals before Erich Goldman scored on a German power play.
The Czech Republic leads Pool B in the tournament, with favorite Russia struggling to an 0-1-1 start after tying Slovakia 3-3 Wednesday in Boston. Other games slated for Wednesday night pitted the United States against Ukraine and three-time champion Canada against Switzerland.
Russia, upset by the Czechs 5-3 a day earlier, led for much of the first period with Andrei Petrakov and Dimitri Nabokov sandwiching goals around Slovakia’s Radovan Somik’s score. The momentum shifted in Slovakia’s favor in the middle period, when it tied the game at 3-3.
The annual tournament brings together the world’s best hockey players under 20 years old. The medal round concludes Jan. 4 with a gold-medal game at Boston College’s Conte Forum.