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