Gadjovich scores twice, Canada routs Slovakia 6-0

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Canada's Jonah Gadjovich, second from right, celebrates his goal with teammates Michael McLeod, center, Cale Makar, right, Tyler Steenbergen, second from left, and Victor Mete during the second period of IIHF World Junior Championship preliminary round hockey game action against Slovakia in Buffalo, N.Y., Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017. (Mark Blinch/The Canadian Press via AP)

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Jonah Gadjovich scored twice and Canada routed Slovakia 6-0 on Wednesday night to improve to 2-0 in the world junior hockey championship.

Maxime Comtois, Taylor Raddysh, Sam Steel and Jordan Kyrou also scored and Colton Point made 20 saves. Canada was coming off a 4-2 victory over Finland on Tuesday in its Group A opener.

David Hrenak made 48 saves for Slovakia.

The defending champion United States opened Tuesday night with a 9-0 victory over Denmark. The Americans will resume Group A play Thursday night against Slovakia, then will face Canada on Friday in an outdoor game at the Buffalo Bills' stadium in Orchard Park.

In the lone Group B game Wednesday, Philipp Kurashev, Nicolas Muller and Valentin Nussbaumer scored and Philip Wuthrich made 27 saves to help Switzerland open with a 3-2 victory over Belarus. Mmaxim Sushko and Viktor Bovbel scored for Belarus, coming off a 6-1 loss to Sweden on Tuesday.