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US wins opener at Worlds

BERN, Switzerland — Jack Johnson scored two goals and the U.S. rallied twice for a 4-2 victory over Latvia in their opening World Championship game on Saturday.

Drew Stafford and Patrick O’Sullivan also scored for the sixth-ranked U.S. team, which outshot 11th-ranked Latvia 38-20.

Latvia took the lead 4:40 into the first period, when Herberts Vasiljevs scored nine seconds into a power play after Johnson was called for interference.


Johnson tied it at 11:15, but Tampa Bay Lightning forward Martins Karsums restored Latvia’s lead at 6:29 of the second.

The U.S. went back on top by scoring twice during a five-minute stretch on goals from Stafford and Johnson.

O’Sullivan closed out the scoring 6:03 into the third.

Rochester native Colin Stuart played, but did not have a point. He took a two-minute minor penalty for slashing late in the second period with the U.S. leading 3-2.

The U.S. was scheduled to play its second pool-play game at 9:15 a.m. CDT today against Austria.

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