Backes, U.S. Drop France

Five former college players scored as the United States opened qualification round play at the World Championship with a 6-2 victory over France on Friday.

Former Minnesota State forward David Backes put up a goal and two assists against France (file photo: Melissa Wade).

Former Minnesota State forward David Backes put up a goal and two assists against France (file photo: Melissa Wade).

David Backes, formerly of Minnesota State, had a goal and two assists. Kyle Okposo (Minnesota), Ryan Shannon (Boston College), Keith Ballard (Minnesota), Jack Johnson (Michigan) and Patrick O’Sullivan also scored for the Americans, who outshot France 41-16.

The U.S. has seven points in the tournament, one behind Group E leader Russia. The Americans and the Russians square off Saturday in the second of three second-round games.

United States goaltender Al Montoya (Michigan) made 14 saves and allowed a pair of power-play goals.

Former Massachusetts-Lowell player Yorick Treille scored and Laurent Meunier, who also played at UML, had two assists. Another former River Hawks player, Baptiste Amar, is playing for France.

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