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US open WJC tournament win 11-3 win over Denmark

Tuesday, 12.27.2011 / 12:28 AM / 2012 World Junior Championship

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US open WJC tournament win 11-3 win over Denmark
Charlie Coyle scored a hat trick and Kyle Rau added two goals as the Americans dominated Denmark.


The United States got off to a flying start at the World Junior Championships on Monday night.

Charlie Coyle scored a hat trick and Kyle Rau had a pair of goals as the U.S. cruised to an 11-3 win against Denmark at Rexall Place in Edmonton.

With a 3-2 lead going into the second period, the U.S. (1-0) exploded for six goals to put the game out of reach. Mathias Bau-Hansen scored twice in the first period to keep the Danes close through 20 minutes.

Jason Zucker had a goal and three assists for the Americans, who have won gold and bronze medals in each of the past two IIHF World Junior Championships.

Coyle, Nick Bjustad, Zucker and winning goalie Jack Campbell (20 saves) all played in last year's tournament, which was held in Buffalo, N.Y.

Thomas Spelling had the other goal for Denmark (0-1).
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We've got a team filled with captains, that's what I think. With these first two games we got in, we're really dominating and moving the puck really fast, and it's worked out really good.

— U.S. goalie Brandon Halverson after a 6-0 win against Germany in the World Junior Championship on Sunday