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U.S. routs Denmark, 11-3

Charlie Coyle recorded a hat trick, while Niagara Falls' Adam Clendening finished with two assists -- both coming during Team USA's six-goal second period -- as the United States opened the World Junior Hockey Championships with an 11-3 rout of Denmark on Monday night in Edmonton's Rexall Place.

Clendening earned a secondary assist on Nick Bjustad's goal 25 seconds into the second period which would be the eventual game winner as the U.S. wasted little time building on its 3-2 first-period lead. Jason Zucker had a goal and three assists for the Americans, who have won gold and bronze medals in each of the past two IIHF World Junior Championships.

In other tournament games, Mark Stone had a hat trick to lead Canada to an 8-1 win over Finland.

Stone also had an assist for Canada. Jonathan Huberdeau had a five-point effort with a goal and four assists.

Alexander Ruuttu, son of former Buffalo Sabres forward Christian Ruuttu, scored for Finland.

Team Canada defenseman Mark Pysyk, a Buffalo Sabres draft choice, took two shots and finished a plus-2. Finnish forward Joel Armia, Buffalo's top draft pick last summer, finished minus-3.

In the tournament's first game, Max Friberg scored four goals and Sweden scored three times in each period in a 9-4 rout of Latvia.

In the night game, defending champion Russia opened against Switzerland.


Syracuse stays on top

With Syracuse No. 1 for a third straight week, the top seven teams remain the same in The Associated Press' Top 25.

The Orange received 54 first-place votes from the 65-member national media poll. Ohio State, Kentucky, Louisville, North Carolina, Baylor and Duke held their places from last week.

Ohio State received five No. 1 votes, Kentucky had four and Louisville two.

Harvard moved into the rankings for the first time three weeks ago, then dropped out after one week. The Crimson are back at No. 24.

In women's basketball, Baylor is still the unanimous choice as the No. 1 team in The Associated Press poll as the first five teams remained unchanged.

The Lady Bears received all 40 first-place votes for the fourth straight week after blowing out McNeese State. UConn remains second. St. Bonaventure was an honorable mention, receiving one vote.


Fed hockey games end in tie

Senior forward Joe Mesi scored with 6:25 left in the third period to help Orchard Park High School skate to a 2-2 overtime tie with Hamburg in the Section VI Federation. Neither team scored in the extra session. Colin Coppola and Brendan McFall scored for Hamburg. John Januszkiewicz scored the other goal for the Quakers.

Goals by Tyler McTigue and Bernie Lettieri allowed St. Francis to salvage at 2-2 overtime tie with Frontier.


Hedderson honored

For the second time this season, senior Brittany Hedderson of the University at Buffalo women's basketball team was named the Mid-American Conference East Division Player of the Week.

Hedderson's week was highlighted by a school-record 39 points against Oakland. Earlier in the week, Hedderson had 17 points and three rebounds against Howard.

She leads the team in scoring at 19.2 points per game and assists at 2.6. The Bulls return to action Thursday at 6 p.m. when they face NJIT in Ames, Iowa in the first found of the Cyclone Challenge.

From News Staff and wire service reports