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Team USA Rolls Past Germany to Open World Juniors

The Americans will face a stiffer test next against the Russians.

Bruce Bennett

The US World Junior team started their tournament off on the right foot with a dominating 8-0 win over Germany on Wednesday morning. It took the US just 19 seconds to get on the board, with a goal by Miami's Sean Kuraly. In all, eight different players each scored a goal for the US. John Gibson got the start in goal, and played two perfect periods, before being replaced by Jon Gillies in the third period, with the game already well in hand. Riley Barber led the team with a goal and two assists for three points.

The win puts the US into an early tie for the lead in the Group B with Canada, with each team taking three points in their first game. The road will get tougher for the US from here on out. They're back on the ice Thursday morning when they face the host Russians at 9am EST, in a game which can be seen on the NHL Network.