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Defending Champ US Holds Off Slovakia to Open World Juniors

United States' Matthew Knies (89) scores on Slovakia goaltender Simon Latkoczy (30) during first period IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship action in Red Deer, Alberta, on Sunday, Dec. 26, 2021. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP)
United States' Matthew Knies (89) scores on Slovakia goaltender Simon Latkoczy (30) during first period IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship action in Red Deer, Alberta, on Sunday, Dec. 26, 2021. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP)
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Red Deer, Alberta (AP) -- Boston University goalie Drew Commesso made 23 saves and the defending champion United States opened the world junior hockey championship with a 3-2 victory over Slovakia on Sunday night.

Up 3-0 after two periods, the Americans held on after Martin Chromiak scored twice for Slovakia in the final period — the last with 2:33 remaining.