The United States opened up its preliminary round slate of action in the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship with a 6-1 win over Latvia on Monday afternoon at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario.
Boston University freshman and Arizona Coyotes first round draft pick Clayton Keller scored twice for the Americans while fellow Terrier freshman Patrick Harper opened the scoring in the first period. Another college teammate, Jordan Greenway, scored the sixth goal of the game for the U.S. Greenway, a second round pick of the Minnesota Wild, was named the U.S. Player of the Game in a post-game ceremony.
Boston College sophomore center gave the U.S. a 2-1 lead in the second period and former Eagle and current Kitchener Rangers forward Jeremy Bracco gave the U.S. a 5-1 lead in the third period.
UConn sophomore Tage Thompson and Denver sophomore Troy Terry each picked up two assists.
Tyler Parsons of the London Knights picked up the win in net for the Americans, making 11 saves on 12 shots.
The U.S. will return to action on Wednesday evening at 7:30 ET with a clash against Slovakia.