UFA, Russia - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Ryan Strome scored in the first period, and Canada beat the United States 2-1 to advance to the next round at the junior ice hockey world championships.
Jacob Trouba scored for the U.S. The Americans need to beat Slovakia at 5 a.m. today in Group B to move on. Former East Palestine resident J.T. Miller won five of 11 faceoffs and had three shots on goal for the Americans.
Canada faces Russia on Monday to determine which team gets a bye into the semifinals.
The 19-year-old Nugent-Hopkins was the first pick of the 2011 NHL draft by Edmonton. The center had 52 points in 62 games for the Oilers last season.
Slovakia stayed alive by beating Germany 2-1 on an overtime power-play goal by Peter Ceresnak. The USA faces Slovakia at 5 a.m. today. The Americans need to win to advance to the next round.
In Group A, Finland beat Switzerland 5-4 on a shootout goal by Markus Granlund, who also scored twice in regulation. The Czech Republic defeated Latvia 4-2 to advance to the next round. Martin Frk scored twice.