Edmonton – Vasily Ponomarev twice and Russia, the opener of their World Junior Hockey Championship, beat the United States 5-3 on Friday night.
Ponomarayov, Zakhar Bardakov and Ilya Safonov scored in the second half to give Russia a 4-1 lead and chase US goalkeeper Spencer Knight. Knight allowed four goals in 12 shots before Dustin Wolf took charge.
John Farinachi and Trevor Zegras scored the third goal 4-3, adding to Zegras 28: 1: 18. Yego Chinakhov sealed with an empty netter with 21 seconds to play.
Cam York also scored a goal for the United States in the BB group match.
Prior to Group A, Finland narrowly beat Germany 5-3 and Slovakia beat Switzerland 1-0.
Coronavirus lost nine players, Germany had only 14 skaters – nine forwards and five defenders. Excluding more positive Tests, three players could return to the tournament on Sunday and five more on Tuesday.
For Finland, Aku Reti, Henry Nikkanen and Topi Nimela each had a goal and an assist, and Anton Lundel and Mikel Pihtia also scored. Tim Stuttzel and Florian Elias scored one goal each for Germany, and Samuel Dub added a goal.
Slovakia won by a goal of Roman faith with 5:43 remaining. Simon Latocci made 28 saves, stopping Inaki Baragano with his glove in a late power play.
On Saturday, the United States will face Austria, and Sweden will play the Czech Republic in Group B, and Canada will open the title defense against Germany in Group A.