The United States opened the preliminary round of the IIHF World Championship with two weekend wins.
Team USA opened the tournament in Minsk, Belarus, with a 6-1 win over the host Belarussians. Jacob Trouba scores twice to pace the Americans, who scored three second-period goals to open up a comfortable 4-1 lead after two periods.
The Stars and Stripes followed that Saturday with a 3-2 win over Switzerland. The Swiss actually held a 2-1 lead after two periods, but Craig Smith and Tyler Johnson scored third-period goals for Team USA to give it the win.
Tim Thomas secured both wins in net by stopping 47 out of 50 combined shots. Buffalo Sabres prospect Jake McCabe is plus-1 with two shots in two games played.
The United States is tied with Russia atop Group B at 6 points each. Those two teams face off Monday. Germany, Latvia and Belarus round out the top five in the group.
Norway and Sweden lead Group A in the early going. Canada was upset in its opening game by heavy underdog France. The 2014 Olympic gold medalists did beat Slovakia 4-1 in their second game.
Sabres center Cody Hodgson has a goal and an assist for Canada, while Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers has an assist and is plus-2. Sabres coach Ted Nolan has guided Latvia to a 1-0-0-1 mark thus far.Tags: Buffalo, Buffalo Sabres, Hockey, Jake McCabe, NHL, Team USA, Ted Nolan, Tim Thomas
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