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Eichel shines with two assists but USA suffers 5-2 loss to Belarus

Jack Eichel showed what the hype is about. The United States showed that world championships are unpredictable.

Eichel had two assists Thursday, including one on a dazzling individual play, but Team USA sustained its first loss in a 5-2 setback to Belarus. The United States fell to 3-1 while Belarus improved to 3-0-1. The Americans failed to build off a 4-2 win over defending champ Russia earlier in the week.

Eichel pulled the United States to within 3-1 late in the second period after forcing a turnover, slipping the puck under the stick of a defender, pulling away from another and setting up Brock Nelson for an easy tap-in with a backhand pass.

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Eichel, expected to be drafted second overall by the Sabres in June, earned another assist on a power-play goal while skating 16:44. He has points in two straight games.

The U.S. team plays again Friday against Denmark at 2 p.m. on NBCSN.

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