Greetings from HSBC Arena, which is filled with boos at the introduction of U.S. forward Emerson Etem. The kid Tweeted that Buffalo is the worst city ever, and that city is letting him know its thoughts.
8:09 p.m.: Game on.
8:11 p.m.: Once again, this building is half-empty for the American game a few hours after being filled for the Canadian game. If the teams meet in the final, it'll be a home game for the Canadians.
8:13 p.m.: Etem gets the puck and takes a shot, and he gets roundly booed again. He returned to the bench and got an encouraging tap from assistant coach Phil Housley.
8:17 p.m.: The Americans take a 1-0 lead with 15:29 left on a goal by Kyle Palmieri. Charlie Coyle carried the puck into the Slovak zone and fed a driving Coyle at the top of the crease for a tap-in.
8:20 p.m.: The U.S. team, already down two forwards with the upper-body injuries to Brock Nelson and Jeremy Morin, had Jerry D'Amigo take an illegal hard hit with 13:18 left. The forward had the puck along the boards when Slovak defenseman Peter Hrasko skated in and delivered a shoulder to Amigo's head. He stayed down for a while but skated to the bench on his own. Hrasko was given a game misconduct and five-minute major.
8:24 p.m.: Palmieri's power-play goal with 11:58 left gives the U.S. a 2-0 lead. A shot by Jon Merrill went wide with the Americans pressuring, and Palmieri buried it from the side of the net.
8:26 p.m.: The Americans have an 11-1 shot edge with 10:10 left.
8:29 p.m.: D'Amigo is back.
8:30 p.m.: The booing for Etem is getting louder and louder. It's happening every time he touches the puck.
8:37 p.m.: The Americans have built a 15-1 edge in shots with 2:38 left.
8:38 p.m.: Team USA is back on the power play with Adam Janosik off for holding Palmieri with 1:55 left.
8:43 p.m.: A dominating first period comes to a close for the Americans, who hold a 2-0 lead and 22-1 shot edge. Yes, 22-1. Slovak goalie Dominik Riecicky took a longggg drink of water before heading to the dressing room. I'd be asking for Maple Whiskey instead. Oh, wait, it's the under-20 tournament. Never mind.
8:59 p.m.: And they're back, including Riecicky, who didn't go for the Sortilege apparently.
9 p.m.: Etem touches the puck 30 seconds in, booing ensues.
9:01 p.m.: Mock cheer from the sparse crowd when the Slovaks get their second shot of the game with 18:40 left. Tough crowd.
9:02 p.m.: Another mock with 17:49 left for the third shot. Break up the Slovaks, they're on a tear!
9:04 p.m.: Delay of game on Andrej Kudrna gives U.S. team another power play with 16:51 left.
9:06 p.m.: The Americans take a 3-0 lead on a power-play goal by Coyle with 16:04 to go. Palmieri picks up the primary assist for his third point of the game.
9:10 p.m.: Team USA hits a commercial break at 13:11 with a 3-0 lead and 29-6 shot edge.
9:11 p.m.: Another power play for the U.S. as Peter Trska goes off for hooking with 12:46 to go.
9:16 p.m.: This is an absolute mismatch. The Slovaks are taking a steady stream of penalties to keep the Americans off the board. Oliver Jokel hooks streaking defenseman Justin Faulk with 9:08 to go to prevent a scoring chance.
9:18 p.m.: Another power-play goal, this one by Chris Brown, gives the Americans a 4-0 lead with 8:13 to go.
9:21 p.m.: The Slovaks get a rise from the crowd and allow the Canadians to start mocking U.S. goalie Jack Campbell as Tomas Jurco scores with 7:34 left to make it 4-1.
9:23 p.m.: The American fans get their vocal on with 6:28 left when Drew Shore scores unassisted with 6:28 left. The goal left Riecicky shaking his head as Shore undressed a Slovak defenseman on the way to the net. The U.S. team gets a taste of a Buffalo tradition, with the fans goal countdown ending with "We want six!"
9:28 p.m.: The Americans get their sixth, and it's by Etem. The crowd was booing when he went to shoot, cheered when he scored with 3:03 left, then started booing again.
9:29 p.m.: The crowd lustily boos when Etem's goal is announced.
9:32 p.m.: The Americans head to the dressing room with a 6-1 lead and 43-11 shot edge. The Slovaks put Riecicky out of his misery after Etem's goal, pulling him for backup Juraj Holly. Riecicky faced 40 shots in less than 37 minutes.
9:49 p.m.: The teams return to play out the string of an American victory.
9:53 p.m.: Etem takes a shot and gets booed. Etem shown on scoreboard skating to bench, booing continues.
9:57 p.m.: All's quiet as the Americans hold a 6-1 lead and 47-12 shot edge with 13:36 to go.
10:10 p.m.: The banged-up Americans take another big blow, with Jason Zucker assisted off the ice after a blantant cheap shot by Martin Marincin. Zucker hit Adam Janosik along the boards, and Marincin skated in to blindside Zucker with an elbow to the head. Zucker looked beyond dazed when helped off with 7:51 to go.
10:21 p.m.: The U.S. takes over first place in Group A with a convincing 6-1 victory. The Americans dominated the shot clock to the tune of 57-18.