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Canada beats Slovakia 3-1 in world junior hockey

December 28, 2020 GMT
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Canada's Dylan Holloway (10), Ryan Suzuki (16), Jordan Spence (8) and Thomas Harley (5) celebrate a goal against Slovakia during first-period IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship action in Edmonton, Alberta, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)
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Canada's Dylan Holloway (10), Ryan Suzuki (16), Jordan Spence (8) and Thomas Harley (5) celebrate a goal against Slovakia during first-period IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship action in Edmonton, Alberta, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Philip Tomasino had a goal and an assist and Canada beat Slovakia 3-1 on Sunday night to improve to 2-0 in group play in the world junior hockey championship.

Jordan Spence and Jack Quinn also scored, and Devon Levi made 17 saves on his 19th birthday.

Martin Romiak scored for Slovakia in the Group A game.

Romiak scored on a power play with 1:24 left to pull the Slovaks within a goal, and Quinn sealed the victory with an empty-netter.

Canadian defenseman Braden Schneider served a one-game suspension for a check to the head Saturday night against Germany’s Jan-Luca Schumacher in Canada’s 16-2 opening victory.

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In the late game, Lukas Parik made 30 saves in the Czech Republic’s 2-0 victory over Russia.

Filip Koffer opened the scoring in the second period, and Jacub Rychlovsky connected in the third.

Both teams are 1-1 in Group B.

In the first game of the day, Finland beat Switzerland 4-1 to improve to 2-0 in Group A.

Anton Lundell, Juuso Parssinen, Aku Raty and Kasper Simontaival scored for Finland. Attilio Biasca scored for Switzerland.

The United States will return to action Tuesday against the Czech Republic and complete group play Thursday night against Sweden. The Americans opened with a 5-3 loss to Russia on Friday night, and beat Austria 11-0 on Saturday night.

The top four teams in each pool will advance to the quarterfinals.