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U.S. tops Czechs at world juniors

Updated: December 26, 2013, 5:53 PM ET
Associated Press

MALMO, Sweden -- Providence's Jon Gillies made 23 saves to help the United States open its world junior title defense with a 5-1 victory over the Czech Republic on Thursday.

Miami of Ohio's Riley Barber, Denver's Will Butcher, Minnesota's Hudson Fasching, Colorado College's Jaccob Slavin and Notre Dame's Vince Hinostroza scored for the United States.

"It's always good to get the cobwebs out and get a convincing win," Barber said.

Barber and Butcher scored power-play goals ...

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