Former Notre Dame forward Kyle Palmieri had two goals and an assist to lead the United States past Slovakia, 6-1, at the IIHF World Junior Championship Tuesday night at HSBC Arena.
Palmieri, playing this season with the AHL’s Syracuse Crunch, was also named Team USA player of the game.
Boston University forward Charlie Coyle added a goal and two assists, while Denver’s Drew Shore also scored and won 16 of 19 face-offs.
Emerson Etem and Michigan’s Chris Brown rounded out the scoring for Team USA (1-1-0-0), who put 58 shots on Slovakian goalies Dominik Riecicky and Juraj Holly.
U.S. goalie Jack Campbell finished with 17 saves in the win.
In a scary moment in the third period, Martin Marincin knocked Denver’s Jason Zucker to the ice with what appeared to be a blindside hit to the head and received a five-minute major and a match penalty. Zucker had to be helped off the ice.
Jeremy Morin and Brock Nelson (North Dakota) did not play Tuesday night after getting injured in Sunday night’s opening game against Finland.
The U.S. has Wednesday off before playing Germany at 7 p.m. EST Thursday at HSBC Arena.