Jeff Farkas of Williamsville scored twice and had two assists, helping the United States beat Kazakhstan, 8-2, in the World Junior Hockey Championships on Friday.
Brian Gionta of Rochester scored the first two U.S. goals, on assists from Farkas, who made it 4-1 on a power play goal and 6-2 on a shorthanded goal in the third period.
This is Farkas' third year of competing in the World Junior event. Chris Hajt of Amherst, son of retired Buffalo Sabres defenseman Bill Hajt, had a pair of minor penalties for the U.S.
Defending champion Canada lost its second straight game, 4-0 to Sweden, as goaltender Johan Holmqvist made 22 saves for the shutout.
In other games, Finland beat Germany 5-0 and Switzerland downed Slovakia 3-1.
Finland leads Group A with a 2-0 record. The Czech Republic is 1-0, Sweden 1-1, Germany 0-1 and Canada 0-2.
In Group B, Russia and Switzerland are 1-0, Team USA and Slovakia are 1-1 and Kazakhstan is 0-2.