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Friday, April 27, 2007

Team USA off to good start in IIHF World Championship

The IIHF World Championship tournament started on Friday with a round of preliminary games. In Group B play, the USA drubbed Austria 6-2. This means that they will have three standings points in pool play and will be able to control their own destiny with respect to advancing to the elimination round.

Johnny Crackers was in net for the Americans. He stopped 14 of the 16 shots he saw, and picked up the easy win. Erik Cole had a goal and an assist. Andrew "Hot Dog with Cheese" Hutchinson had an assist. Chad "Sharpie" LaRose had nothing. Jack Johnson had nothing.

Also in Group B, the Czech Republic crushed Belarus 8-2.

In Group D, Finland destroyed Ukraine 5-0 and Russia smoked Denmark 9-1.

Pools A and C will kick off tomorrow, with Canada the clear favorite in group C and Sweden the favorite in group A.

On Sunday afternoon, the US will take on Belarus. Then they will finish round robin play against the Czechs on Tuesday.

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