Russia beats US 5-3 in world junior hockey opener

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) - Vasili Ponomaryov scored twice, and Russia beat the US 5-3 in the Junior Ice Hockey World Championship kick-off on Friday night.
Ponomaryov, Zakhar Bardakov and Ilya Safonov scored a goal in the second half to put Russia 4-1 ahead and pursue US goalkeeper Spencer Knight. Knight allowed four goals out of 12 shots before Dustin Wolf took over.
John Farinacci and Trevor Zegras scored 4: 3 in the third game, Zegras connected 2:18. Yegor Chinakhov sealed it with an empty-nice within 21 seconds.
Cam York also scored for the USA in the Group B game.
Previously in Group A, Finland beat understaffed Germany 5-3 and Slovakia 1-0 against Switzerland.
Germany missed nine players due to the coronavirus and only had 14 skaters - nine forwards and five defenders. Three players can return to the tournament on Sunday and another five on Tuesday unless tests are more positive.
Aku Raty, Henri Nikkanen and Topi Niemela each had a goal and an assist for Finland, and Anton Lundell and Mikael Pyyhtia also scored goals. Tim Stutzle and Florian Elias each had a goal and assisted for Germany, and Samuel Dube added a goal.
Slovakia won Roman Faith's goal 5:43. Simon Latkoczy made 28 saves and stopped Inaki Baragano with his glove on a late power play.
On Saturday the USA will meet Austria, Sweden will meet the Czech Republic in Group B and Canada will defend their title against Germany in Group A.
Russia beats US 5-3 in the World Junior Hockey Opener, which originally appeared on NBCSports.com

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