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Lee's 17 saves help U.S. to win

Updated: December 27, 2009, 12:12 AM ET
Associated Press

SASKATOON, Saskatchewan -- St. Cloud State goalie Mike Lee made 17 saves to help the United States open the world junior championship with a 7-3 victory over Slovakia on Saturday night.

John Carlson, Jeremy Morin, Derek Stepan, Matt Donovan, Danny Kristo, Jordan Schroeder and Jerry D'Amigo scored for the Americans.

Slovakia beat the Americans last year in Ottawa in the quarterfinals.

"The only way we got a chance is by [everyone] stepping up," U.S. coach Dean Blais said. "We ...

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