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U.S. readies for junior showdown vs. Canada by blanking Slovakia

USA Hockey Juniors v Boston

BOSTON, MA - DECEMBER 19: Anthony DeAngelo #24 of the USA National Junior Team celebrates his goal with teammates Sonny Milano #13 and Chase De Leo $18 during the third period of NCAA exhibition hockey against the Boston University Terriers at Walter Brown Arena on December 19, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. USA won 5-2. (Photo by Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images)

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The United States looks like it will enter the traditional (and always-fascinating) New Year’s Eve world junior matchup against Canada on a high note.

They beat Slovakia 3-0 on Monday, and much like their win against Germany, it wasn’t particularly close. It did take the U.S. until the second period to score, but with another significant shot differential (42-17 this time), it was clear that they were in control of the action.

Sonny Milano’s 1-0 tally stood out as one of the more impressive moments, while Dylan Larkin and Tyler Motte also found the net. Thatcher Demko generated a shutout for the United States, his second straight goose egg.

Here are some highlights from the game:

In case you were wondering, high-end prospect Jack Eichel was unable to score a point today, although he did fire four shots on goal.

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