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Saad has 5 points as U.S. downs Slovakia in world junior exhibition game

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Brandon Saad scored two goals and added three assists as the United States defeated Switzerland 7-3 in an IIHF world junior hockey championship exhibition game Wednesday.

Austin Czarnik, Bill Arnold, Emerson Etem, Charlie Coyle and T.J. Tynan also scored for the United States.

"I really liked what I saw from our guys tonight," said U.S. coach Dean Blais. "We are going to have some incredibly tough decisions to get down from 28 players to our final 22-man list."

Christoph Bertschy scored twice and Sven Bartschi had the other goal for Switzerland.

In other pre-tournament action, Finland blanked Slovakia 3-0.

At Camrose, Alta., the Americans jumped to an early lead when Czarnik created a turnover in Switzerland's end and beat Swiss goalie Lukas Meili just 23 seconds into the game.

Saad, who plays for the Saginaw Spirit in the Ontario Hockey League, scored his first goal of the night at 15:33 of the opening period to give the U.S. a two-goal lead. Less than two minutes later, Arnold scored on a two-on-one rush when he fired a shot high to Meili's glove side to give the U.S. a 3-0 advantage after one period.

Switzerland cut the U.S. lead to 3-1 when Bertschy scored a power-play goal at 1:11 of the second period.

Etem, a star forward for the Medicine Hat Tigers of the Western Hockey League, restored the Americans' lead with a power-play goal of his own. Coyle pushed the American lead to 5-1 with a deflection off of a shot by Jake Trouba.

Bartschi, who plays for the WHL's Portland Winterhawks, scored at 17:29 of the second to cut the lead to 5-2, but Tynan took a Saad pass and scored into an open net with 11 seconds left in the period to make it 6-2 after 40 minutes.

Bertschy scored a power-play goal at 10:26 of the third period to cut the Americans' lead to three, but Saad scored his second of the game on a breakaway less than a minute later to cap the scoring.

John Gibson of the OHL's Kitchener Rangers made 19 saves for the U.S.

Meili stopped 30 shots for Switzerland.

The United States improved to 1-1 in pre-tournament action and wraps up its exhibition schedule with a game against Slovakia of Friday.

Switzerland plays its second of two exhibition games Thursday against Canada.

Finland 3 Slovakia 0

At Calgary, Richard Ullberg made 18 saves as Finland shut out Slovakia.

Miro Aaltonen, Markus Granlund and Joel Armia scored as Finland improved to 1-1 in exhibition action. Rasmus Ristolainen added two assists.

Finland lost its pre-tournament opener 3-1 to Canada on Monday.

At Calgary, Aaltonen opened the scoring at 17:25 of the first period. Granlund made it 2-0 Finland at 5:10 of the second.

Dominik Riecicky replaced Juraj Simboch in Slovakia's goal midway through the second period.

Armia capped the scoring at 2:22 of the third period.

Simboch and Riecicky combined for 30 saves for Slovakia in its pre-tournament opener.

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