|Chris Kreider (photo: Getty)|
KOSICE, Slovakia -- Twelve different players contributed points as the U.S. Men's National Team opened play in the IIHF World Men's Championship with a 5-1 victory over Austria on Saturday.
"It was a good way to start," said Scott Gordon (Easton, Mass.), head coach of Team USA. "I liked our effort and we'll build off of the success we had today."
Chris Kreider (Boxford, Mass./Boston College) opened the scoring for Team USA with 5:18 left in the opening period when he skated up the right side and beat Austrian goaltender Jurgen Penker on the short side from just above the goal line.
Mark Fayne (Nashua, N.H./Providence College) and Derek Stepan drew assists on the play.
Less than three minutes later, Blake Wheeler banged home a pass from Stepan from just above the goal line and to Penker's right to give the U.S.a 2-0 advantage after 20 minutes.
Yan Stastny, Kevin Shattenkirk (BostonUniversity) and Craig Smith also scored for Team USA, which will face Norway on Monday. Al Montoya made 12 saves in the victory.