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WATCH: Colin White scores game winning goal, wins Player of the Game in USA win over Latvia

Americans win World Junior pool play opener

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The USA had some struggles with Latvia yesterday for most of the game before pulling away for a 6-1 win, opening pool play at the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship in Toronto.

The Hockey East connection was huge for the Americans, and Colin White picked up game MVP honors with 1 goal and 2 assists. White had the game winning goal, taking a nice feed from UConn’s Tage Thompson and driving to the net for the tally:

Every WJC game gives out a “player of the game” for each team and White earned the honors for the US.

After the game, Colin White spoke with the NHL Network’s Jill Savage:

It wasn’t as good of a start for the other Eagles at the WJC, as Finland (Julius Mattila, Jesper Mattila, and ‘17 BC recruit Eeli Tolvanen) suffered a mild 2-1 upset at the hands of the Czech Republic.

The Finns are back in action today at 5:30 against Denmark. The Americans take on Slovakia tomorrow night at 7:30 PM. Both games can be seen on the NHL Network.

BC hockey is back in action on Thursday against Quinnipiac, where they will skate without 5 regular players due to WJC absences.