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PRAGUE — Boston University star Jack Eichel scored on a wrist shot with 28 seconds left in overtime to give the United States a 5-4 victory over Slovakia in the World Hockey Championships Tuesday, as the Americans finished first in their group with six wins and one loss.

The result means the young US team will meet Switzerland in the quarterfinals.

''It was great to get the goal there,'' said Eichel, a Chelmsford, Mass., native who won college hockey's Hobey Baker Award as a freshman this year. ''It's good for us to win our bracket and be able to control our own destiny.''


The US blew a 3-0 lead built on goals from Ben Smith, Seth Jones, and Anders Lee.

Goals by Marian Gaborik, Adam Janosik, Vladimir Dravecky, and Milan Bartovic put Slovakia ahead, 4-3, before Charlie Coyle tied the game at 4-4 with 52 seconds remaining in the second period.

The US controlled play in the third period and outshot Slovakia, 9-2, but did not score.

That set the stage in overtime for Eichel, at 18 the youngest player in the tournament. He collected a loose puck on the left wall, circled toward the point, and with Lewis providing a screen in front, threw a shot on net that found its way in.

"It was a really great environment tonight," said US coach Todd Richards. "We started well, had a lapse in the second period, and finished the game strong. A credit to our players. We won the group and now we'll get ready for Switzerland."

The Canadians wrapped up the group stage by routing Austria, 10-1, getting two goals and two assists apiece from Colorado Avalanche forward Matt Duchene and Dallas Stars forward Jason Spezza.

''We played a really good 60 minutes, and obviously the score reflected it,'' Duchene said. ''It obviously shows we have a lot of skill on this hockey team and everybody can score. Everybody's contributing pretty equally. That's a really good thing, a sign of a really good team.''


Canada rested Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby.

The Canadians got the remaining six goals from six different players: Tyson Barrie, Taylor Hall, Aaron Ekbland, Nathan MacKinnon, Jordan Eberle, and Brayden Schenn.

''We want to get past the quarters and win it this year. We want to win this tournament,'' Duchene said.

Canada is looking for its 25th title. It last won in 2007 and has been waiting for a medal since winning silver in 2009.

The star-studded Canadian team dominated Group A with seven wins in seven games, scoring 49 goals on the way, to place first ahead of Sweden, host Czech Republic, and Switzerland.

Canada will face Belarus in the next round.

''They're a skilled team, a team that's dangerous,'' Hall said. ''They showed that through the tournament.''

Belarus secured the last spot in the quarterfinals by beating Norway, 3-2.

Finland defeated defending champion Russia, 3-2, and will take on the Czech Republic in the knockout stage. Russia will play Sweden.

All four quarterfinals games are scheduled for Thursday.

In a match of two bottom teams in Group A, France beat Latvia, 3-2, after a penalty shootout. Austria and Slovenia will be relegated to the second-tier tournament next year.