U.S. rally with victory, Hodgson delights Canada

Fri May 16, 2014 3:43pm EDT
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MINSK (Reuters) - United States bounced back from consecutive defeats against Russia and Latvia by squeezing past Kazakhstan 4-3 in the preliminary round of the world ice hockey championship in Belarus on Friday.

Elsewhere, Cody Hodgson of the Buffalo Sabres continued his hot streak with two goals in Canada's 6-1 rout of Italy.

Nashville Predators defenseman Seth Jones scored twice for the U.S. including the game-winner in overtime.

Craig Smith and Matt Donovan also netted while experienced goaltender Tim Thomas stopped 22 shots.

Thomas saved a penalty when the Americans were 3-2 up in the third period but Roman Starchenko forced overtime with his second goal of the game with six minutes and 50 seconds remaining.

Jones grabbed the fourth goal for the Americans 65 seconds into overtime.

The U.S. are third in the eight-nation Group B standings with eight points, one behind Latvia and four adrift of Russia. Kazakhstan are bottom on two points.

"That was a huge game in every way," Donovan told reporters. "We really needed that.

"We need to keep working and get better every game especially as we near the end of this round."   Continued...