World Juniors: USA opens tournament in a big way

The 2013 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship is underway and the United States kicked things off Thursday with a commanding 8-0 victory over Germany.

Anaheim Ducks prospect John Gibson led the way in goal playing 40 minutes of shutout hockey, while backup goaltender Jon Gillies also put up a big zero in 20 minutes of play.

The Americans were led offensively by Montreal Canadiens 2012 first round pick/3rd overall Alex Galchenyuk, who had a goal and two assists. Washington Capitals forward prospect Riley Barber also added a goal and two assists.

The United States dominated from the beginning of play, scoring three 1st period goals. They also outshot the Germans by a wide margin of 46-26 and controlled the play for most of the game.

The Americans will face their first big test on Friday, when they take on Russia.