TAMPERE – Luke Hughes scored with 1:57 left in overtime to complete a United States comeback after two fewer goals to beat Austria 3-2 at the Ice Hockey World Championship on Sunday.
Benjamin Nissner scored in the first half and Paul Huber added another early in the second to give Austria a 2-0 lead in the Group B match at Tampere. Kieffer Bellows started the comeback later in the second before Adam Gaudette tied the game with a power play goal in the final period to force overtime.
The United States edged Austria 39-16 en route to their second win in two games.
Canada followed suit in less dramatic fashion, claiming a 6-1 win over Italy for their second win of the tournament.
Josh Anderson and Dysin Mayo led the Canadians with a goal and an assist apiece in the Group A game in Helsinki. Phil Pietroniro put Italy ahead 1-0 in the first half before Canada came back with six unanswered goals. Travis Sanheim, Nicolas Roy, Kent Johnson and Noah Gregor with a shorthanded goal also got in on the act.
Sweden and Switzerland also had two out of two wins.
Rasmus Asplund scored twice as the Swedes beat the Czechs 5-3 in Group B, while Denis Malgin had a goal and three assists for Switzerland to shut out Denmark 6-0 in Group A.
Also in Group A, France beat Kazakhstan 2-1.
Norway prevailed in a penalty shootout to beat Great Britain 4-3 in Group B.
Captain Mathis Olimb scored twice in the second period to give Norway a 3-0 lead. Great Britain responded with three goals 3:18 into the final period to force overtime.
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