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US hockey juniors rout Slovakia 9-3 at worlds

Updated: December 31, 2012, 1:30 PM ET
Associated Press

UFA, Russia -- The United States routed Slovakia 9-3 Monday to advance to the quarterfinals of the world junior hockey championships.

The Americans' prospects of reaching the knockout round had looked uncertain after a loss to Canada a day earlier. But they dominated the Slovaks almost from the start and will next play the Czech Republic on Wednesday.

Cole Bardreau opened the scoring in the fourth minute before Slovakia's Matus Matis tied it 14 seconds later. The Americans built an ...

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