Monday, May 02, 2005

U.S. slams Slovenia,Czech beat Swedes

(CP) - Mike Knuble scored twice and Rick DiPietro made 15 saves for the shutout as the United States coasted to a 7-0 victory over Slovenia at the world hockey championship Sunday.  Knuble opened the scoring just 31 seconds into the contest, converting Erik Cole's cross-ice feed on a 2-on-1, as the U.S. controlled the match from start to finish.  DiPietro had little to do in goal and was rarely tested while Slovenian netminder Robert Kristan was bombarded with 38 shots, several of them coming during odd-man rushes.
Elsewhere at the world championship Sunday, it was: Czech Republic 3, Switzerland 1; Sweden 3, Ukraine 2; and Kazakhstan 2, Germany 1.  At Innsbruck, Austria, Adam Hall, Mark Parrish, Jeff Halpern, Brian Gionta and Yan Stastny, the son of former Quebec Nordiques great Peter Stastny, also scored for the United States.
Czech Republic 3, Switzerland 1.  At Vienna, Vaclav Prospal scored early in the first period and assisted on Jaromir Jagr's goal less than three minutes later to help the Czechs open with a win.  Prospal beat Martin Gerber at 4:52 and Jagr did the same at 7:31, with assists from Pavel Kubina on both goals, to give the Czechs a lead they wouldn't relinquish.  Severin Blindenbacher replied for Switzerland at 12:42 of the first but Frantisek sealed things with a goal 5:56 into the third period.  Tomas Vokoun stopped 22 shots for the win while Gerber made 38 saves in the loss.
Sweden 3, Ukraine 2.  At Innsbruck, Daniel Alfredsson scored the winner at 10:08 of the third period to lift Sweden.  Magnus Kahnberg and Kenny Jonsson scored 3:50 apart early in the first period to give Sweden a 2-0 lead before Bogdan Savenko and Sergei Klymenyev replied in the second frame for Ukraine.  Henrik Lundqvist made 15 saves for the win while Kostyantyn Simchuk stopped 44 shots in a strong effort for Ukraine.
Kazakhstan 2, Germany 1.  At Vienna, Dmitri Upper and Yevgeniy Koreshkov scored first-period goals while Vitaliy Kolesnik made 32 saves as Kazakhstan held on.  Tomas Martinec scored late in the second period for Germany, which got 16 saves from Oliver Jonas.
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