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Young USA Team Wins First Game at Hockey World Championships

Published by on April 26, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NHL

In the first match of International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Championships' Group C in Switzerland yesterday, the Latvian national team was defeated by the United States 4-2. Robert Esche stopped 18-of-20 shots for the win.

The goals scored by the U.S. team went to Jack Johnson (Los Angeles Kings), with two, and Drew Stafford (Buffalo Sabres) and Patrick O' Sullivan (Edmonton Oilers) with singles in the third period.

The U.S. team outshot Latvia 41 to 19.

The U.S. had 22 players for the match after St. Louis Blues forwards David Backes and T.J. Oshie arrived, according to USA Today. Montreal Canadiens forward Christopher Higgins and goalie Alec Richards from Yale University were also added to th...

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