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Junior hockey: UMD's Anderson keys US win over Slovakia

Minnesota Duluth sophomore defenseman Mikey Anderson, named captain of the U.S. National Junior Team earlier in the week, scored a goal to help the Americans beat Slovakia 2-1 in a World Junior Championship opener Wednesday in Victoria, British Columbia.

Team USA had the best scoring chance midway through the second period of a scoreless game when Jason Robertson was hauled down and awarded a penalty shot. However, Slovakian goaltender Samuel Hlavaj made the save.

The Slovaks opened the scoring with 2:43 left in the second on a Marek Korencik goal and the Americans had to kill an ensuing penalty when Anderson was called for a holding minor.

Anderson made up for the mistake with a power-play goal 1:10 into the third period, followed by Evan Barratt's game-winner at 5:42.

Slovakia's own penalty shot to tie the contest was foiled by U.S. goalie Kyle Keyser, who made 13 saves.

The U.S. faces Kazakhstan on Friday at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre in Victoria.