Boston University’s Matt Grzelcyk and Ryan Hartman each had a goal and an assist, and six U.S. players scored in a 6-3 victory over Slovakia on Saturday at the World Junior Championship in Malmo, Sweden.
2014 World Junior Championship
Dec. 26-Jan. 5, Malmo, Sweden
All U.S. games on NHL Network; times Eastern
Dec. 26: U.S. 5, Czech Republic 1
Dec. 28: U.S. 6, Slovakia 3
Dec. 29: U.S. 8, Germany 0
Dec. 31: Canada 3, U.S. 2
Jan. 2: Quarterfinal — Russia 5, U.S. 3
The U.S. built a 3-0 lead on power-play goals by Eichel and O’Regan in the first period and Hartman 4:22 into the second.
But Slovakia responded with two power-play goals of their own — by Milan Kolena and Martin Reway — before the end of the second.
The Americans, however, scored three even-strength goals in the third period to pull away.
Providence’s Jon Gillies made 27 saves for the U.S., which plays Germany on Sunday.