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U.S. opens world junior hockey tournament with 8-2 win over Germany

Devils' prospect Mike Hoeffel picks up an assist

Friday, 12.26.2008 / 7:43 PM ET / News
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U.S. opens world junior hockey tournament with 8-2 win over Germany

James van Riemsdyk and Drayson Bowman each scored a pair of goals to lead the U.S. to a 8-2 win over Germany to open the world junior hockey championship Friday.

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Mike Hoeffel, the Devils' first choice, 57th overall, in the 2007 Entry Draft, registered an assist for his first point of the tournament.

Bowman is a forward with the Western Hockey League's Spokane Chiefs and was named player of the game for the U.S.

Van Riemsdyk, the second overall pick in the 2007 NHL entry draft by Philadelphia, is in his sophomore year at the University of New Hampshire.

Minnesota's Jordan Schroeder had a goal and two assists in the victory. Colin Wilson of Boston University contributed a goal and an assist.

Michigan's Matt Rust and Bowman's Chiefs teammate Tyler Johnson also scored. Spokane forward Mitch Wahl had two assists.

The Americans peppered the German net with 46 shots. Timo Pielmeier, who plays for the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League's Shawinigan Cataractes, gave up five goals on 27 shots in the first two periods.

Pielmeier was replaced by Philipp Grubauer of the Belleville Bulls to start the third. Grubauer allowed two goals on 19 shots.

Thomas McCollum of the Ontario Hockey League's Guelph Storm stopped 16 of 18 in net for the U.S.

Toni Ritter and Patrick Pohl scored for the Germans, who earned promotion to this tournament by winning one of two world 'B' junior championship earlier this year.

The Americans are in a pool with Canada, the Czech Republic, Kazakhstan and Germany. They face the Czechs on Sunday.

The team with the best record at the end of the preliminary round earns a bye to the semifinals. The runner-up and third-place teams will play a quarter-final.

with CP wire services

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