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U.S. wins opener in Five Nations Tournament @NHL

Austin Poganski and Kyle Connor scored two goals apiece, and Chris Birdsall made 15 saves to lead the U.S. Under-17 Select Team to a 6-2 victory against Germany in preliminary-round action at the 2012 U-17 Five Nations Tournament on Wednesday in Chomutov, Czech Republic.

Poganski, who was named U.S. player of the game, scored twice in a span of 55 seconds in the second period to give the United States a 4-1 advantage. Poganski, a native of St. Cloud, Minn., will be a junior at St. Cloud Cathedral High School this season.

"We wanted to come out strong and make sure we got pressure on their defense," U.S. coach Barry Smith said. "I was very happy with our performance tonight. It was a good first game and we'll look ahead to the next one."

The Five Nations Tournament includes teams from the Czech Republic, Germany, Slovakia, Switzerland and the United States. The 20 players on the U.S. roster represent 12 different states, with Minnesota leading the way with five players, while Michigan and Illinois each have three.

The U.S. team will face Switzerland on Thursday, the Czech Republic on Friday, and Slovakia on Saturday.

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