Canada off the mark at worlds, another win for U.S

Sat May 10, 2014 5:38pm EDT
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MINSK (Reuters) - Olympic gold medalists Canada bounced back from a shock 3-2 opening-day defeat against France by recording a 4-1 victory over Slovakia at the world ice hockey championship in Belarus on Saturday.

Elsewhere, United States made it two wins from two Group B games by beating Switzerland 3-2.

The Canadians trailed 1-0 to the Slovaks who had also lost their first match against Czech Republic.

Karol Sloboda opened the scoring in the Group A encounter on a powerplay midway through the second period but Canada soon leveled when Jason Garrison's shot deflected off Joel Ward to beat goaltender Jan Laco.

The third period was one-way traffic as the North Americans took control.

Cody Hodgson made it 2-1 before Vancouver Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieska drove a slap shot beyond Donbass Donetsk netminder Laco.

Canada added a fourth goal when Ward netted following a good pass from Alex Burrows.

The U.S. crushed hosts Belarus 6-1 in their opening game but the Swiss proved much tougher opposition even though they had been thrashed 5-0 by Russia a day earlier.

Denis Hollenstein put the Swiss ahead early in the second period before Peter Mueller struck for the Americans.   Continued...

Slovakia's goaltender Jan Laco (R) fails to save a goal of Canada's Nathan MacKinnon (L) during the third period of their men's ice hockey World Championship group A game at Chizhovka Arena in Minsk May 10, 2014. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko