BOBRUISK, Belarus - Austin Czarnik scored twice as the United States beat Switzerland 5-1 for its first win of the IIHF World U18 Championship on Wednesday.
The win improves the Americans' record to 1-1-0-0 in Group A of the annual hockey tournament, while the Swiss dropped to 1-1-0-0 after upsetting Canada on Tuesday.
Russia hammered Latvia 9-0 in Pool B play in Minsk on Wednesday. In the late games, Belarus is facing Sweden and the Czechs are taking on rival Slovakia.
The U.S., which opened the tournament with a 4-2 loss to Sweden, will face Canada on Friday.
"This was definitely one of our better efforts and the team showed a lot of character after going down a goal and coming right back to score," said American head coach Kurt Kleinendorst. "We're going to soldier on through this tournament. I think everyone will enjoy the win today until our heads hit the pillow, but now we turn our focus to our game against Canada on Friday."
Adam Clendening added a goal and two assists for the U.S., while Bill Arnold and Jason Zucker also scored. Jack Campbell made 22 saves in the U.S. net.
Switzerland's Gregor Hofmann opened the scoring in the game.
Canada (0-1-0-0) spent the day preparing for Thursday's game against Belarus.
The Canadians won the tournament in 2003 and 2008 and took the silver medal in 2005. They were fourth last year.