Marc Arcobello snapped a 2-2 tie in the third period and Jack Campbell stopped 15 of 17 shots in his first game in goal for Team USA Monday in a 4-2 victory over Russia in the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships in Ostrava, Czech Republic.
The U.S. (3-0) moved into sole possession of first place in Group B with nine points. It was the first loss for Russia (2-1). The Americans are off until Thursday when they face Belarus.
Twice the U.S took one-goal leads only to see the Russians tie. Trevor Lewis scored in the first period but Anton Belov evened it early in the second. Torey Krug scored on a 5-on-3 power play in the second for the Americans but Sergei Plotnikov evened it again in the third before Arcobello scored the go-ahead tally. Brock Nelson scored into an empty net to end the scoring.
Jack Eichel of Boston University played 18 minutes, 47 seconds, the most of any U.S. forward, but did not have a shot on goal. He did assist on one goal and was a plus-1.
Team USA had a 20-17 advantage in shots.
In Prague, Mike Smith made 22 saves as Canada defeated the host Czech Republic, 6-3, to take the lead in Group A with nine points. Sweden, Canada’s next opponent on Thursday is second with eight points.
“We got a couple of power-play goals, which definitely helped us,” said Team Canada captain Sidney Crosby. “I thought it was a pretty close game, to be honest. It probably wasn’t a three-goal difference.”
Sean Couturier’s goal snapped a 2-2 tie in the second period and the Canadians scored three times in the third period.
Jordan Eberle and Taylor Hall, scored for Canada in the first period. Power-play goals by Tyler Seguin and Crosby and an empty-netter by Tyler Toffoli in the third against Ondrej Pavelec closed it out. Martin Erat, Martin Zatovec and Vladimir Sobotka had the Czechs’ goals.