MALMO, Sweden — Matt Grzelyck, Jack Eichel and Ryan Hartman each had a goal and an assist, leading the defending champion United States to a 6-3 victory over Slovakia on Saturday at the world junior hockey tournament.
In another Group A game, the Czech Republic stunned Canada, 5-4 in a shootout.
Miami of Ohio’s Riley Barber, Boston University’s Dan O’Regan and New Jersey Devils prospect Stefan Matteau also scored for the Americans, who lead Group A. The United States opened the tournament with a 5-1 victory over the Czech Republic.
In Group B action, Sweden beat Finland 4-2. Russia was to face Switzerland.
The United States took a 2-0 lead after the first period. Eichel, a 17-year-old forward from Chelmsford, Mass., opened the scoring at 16:53, while O’Regan scored with one second left in the period.
Hartman, a first-round pick by Chicago, put the U.S. up 3-0 with a goal 4:22 into the second period. But Slovakia came back with a pair of goals to pull within one after two periods.
Providence goalie Jon Gillies stopped 27 shots for the United States.