MORA, Sweden (AP) – Canada beat the United States 6-3 Wednesday at the World Junior Hockey Championship behind two goals apiece from Jonathan Toews and Darren Helm.

Bill Sweatt had a goal and an assist, and Erik Johnson and Mike Carman scored for the U.S., which lost to Germany 2-1 in overtime Tuesday. The U.S. will play Slovakia on Saturday in the third of four games in the preliminary round.

Switzerland beat Belarus 4-1 and Germany defeated Slovakia 4-2 in other games Wednesday.

Steve Downie and Tommy Pyatt beat U.S. goalie Jeff Zatkoff to help Canada take a 2-0 lead after one period. Toews’ power-play goal 1:55 into the second made it 3-0. Helm scored twice in the final 1:43, including an empty-netter, to help Canada hold on for the win.

Carey Price stopped 32 shots for Canada, which is 2-0 in Group A and will play Germany on Friday.

Zatkoff had 21 stops for the U.S.

AP-ES-12-27-06 2139EST


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