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United States beats Austria 6-1 IIHF World Hockey Championship

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BERN, Switzerland - The United States and the Czech Republic have advanced to the second round of the IIHF World Hockey Championship.

The Americans posted a 6-1 win over Austria on Monday while the Czechs beat Norway 5-2 to move on to the 12-team qualification round, which begins Thursday.

In later games, Sweden faces Latvia in Bern and Finland takes on Denmark in Zurich.

Canada was idle Monday after opening the tournament with a pair of wins. The Canadians face Slovakia on Tuesday.

Forwards Dustin Brown, Drew Stafford, Patrick O'Sullivan, Jason Blake and Lee Stempniak and defenceman Matt Niskanen all scored for the Americans, who beat Latvia 4-2 Saturday.

Brown opened the scoring with a backhander from in front at 15:11 of the first period.

Stafford tapped in Nick Foligno's rebound at 11:04 of the second to make it 2-0 but Markus Peintner took advantage when American goalie Robert Esche misplayed the puck just over three minutes later, cutting the U.S. lead to one.

But the Americans stormed back in a four-goal third. O'Sullivan scored just 25 seconds into the period while Blake, Stempniak and Niskanen all added power-play goals to secure the win.

Esche, a former NHLer playing in Russia, had 25 saves for his second win of the tournament.

The Americans complete preliminary round play against Sweden on Wednesday.

Jan Marek, Petr Cajanek and Josef Vasicek scored in the first 13 minutes to give the Czechs a commanding 3-0 lead in Zurich.

Norway replaced goaltender Pal Grotnes with Andre Lysenstoen to start the second period and closed the gap to 4-2 with goals from Tommy Jakobsen and Mats Zuccarello Assen. Miroslav Blatak added one for the Czechs.

Jakub Klepis scored in the third period to restore the Czechs' three goal advantage.

The Czechs, who outshot Norway 37-24, finish the first round Wednesday against Finland. Norway meets Denmark next.

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