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Eichel, DeLeo score in shootout, US beats Finland 2-1 in world junior hockey opener

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MONTREAL - Jack Eichel and Chase DeLeo scored in a shootout to help the United States beat defending champion Finland 2-1 on Friday in their round-robin opener in the World Junior Championship.

Eichel is a freshman at Boston University, and DeLeo plays for Portland in the Western Hockey League.

Mikko Rantanen scored for Finland, and Boston College's Alex Tuch tied it on a first-period power play. Boston College's Thatcher Demko made 29 saves for the Americans, and Ville Husso stopped 36 shots for Finland.

In the other Group A game Friday night at Bell Centre, Canada faced Slovakia.

In Group B in Toronto, Russia beat Denmark 3-2 in a shootout, and Sweden faced the Czech Republic.

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