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LEKSAND, Sweden (CP) - The world junior hockey championship opened with major upsets Tuesday as Germany defeated the U.S. 2-1 in overtime and Belarus edged Finland 4-3.

Germany and Belarus were promoted to this tournament by winning their respective second-tier world championships last year.

Marcel Muller scored the winner at 1:51 of overtime for the Germans, who got stellar goaltending from Sebastian Stefaniszin as the Americans outshot them 38-15.

Christopher Giebe also scored for Germany. Peter Mueller of the Western Hockey League's Everett Silvertips replied for the Americans, who came into the tournament a favourite in Pool A.

U.S. goaltender Jeff Zatkoff suffered the loss.


The round-robin format was revamped this year. Games can no longer end in ties and will be decided by overtime or a shootout, if needed.

A win in regulation time is worth three points, an overtime or shootout victory is worth two and a loss in overtime or a shootout earns a team one point.
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