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MONTREAL — Anyone wondering why Jack Eichel is challenging Canadian phenom Connor McDavids claim of top prospect for the 2015 NHL Draft got their answer in the Americans opening game of the world junior championship. Eichel made a sharp move to set up Alex Tuchs goal in regulation time and snapped one past goalie Ville Husso in a shootout as the United States downed defending champion Finland 2-1 on Friday afternoon. The 18-year-old Eichel seemed to own the puck when he was on the ice, and only a solid game from Husso and some tenacious Finland checking kept the score close. Eichel and Tuch each had five of the Americans 38 shots. Jack is an unbelievable player, said American defenceman Noah Hanifin, who is also expected to be a top-five pick in the draft. Playing against him, you just have to be aware every time hes on the ice. Hes just so explosive, he can make a play any second in the game. Finlands Mikko Rantanen scored 1:22 into the game, before Tuch tied it on a power play at 13:54, for the only goals in regulation time and overtime. In the shootout, Eichel beat Husso on the first shot. Finland captain Artturi Lehkonen tied it, but Chase De Leo got one to win it for the U.S. We battled hard from start to finish, said Eichel, the American captain. We knew it was going to be a tough game. Theyre the defending champions. You have to give them credit. They played a really close checking game. Its really good for us to get the win. Hopefully we can build off it and get some confidence. Most scouting services have McDavid and Eichel ranked one-two for the draft and both will likely figure prominently in the tournament, especially when Canada faces the Americans on New Years Eve. Chances are, the Canadian crowd wont go easy on Eichel. I know well be scrutinized and up against things, he said. But we dont want to let the crowd or any outside distractions get to us. We just want to focus on playing hockey. Finland caused a surprise when Juuse Saros, the hero of last years gold medal performance in Malmo, Sweden, did not get the start in goal. But coach Hannu Jortikka said it was no surprise to anyone watching Finnish hockey. Husso plays in the Finnish league all the time like a number one goalie for IFK Helsinki and hes been unbelievably good season, said Jortikka. We have two top goalies at this moment. When we go a couple of games more, then we must decide who is number one. Finland plays Saturday against Slovakia and faces Canada on Monday. After that, Ill know much more about my team, said Jortikka. Always, when you start a tournament, nobody knows exactly where you are. Everybody is a little bit what is our level? We must play a couple of more games and then well know our level. The Finns scored on the first chance of the game when a mix up between goalie Thatcher Demko and 17-year-old Noah Hanifin left the puck for another draft eligible player, Rantanen. He banked the puck in from behind the net off the skate of 2016 draft eligible centre Austen Matthews. Eichel showed his skill when he played the puck off the boards to himself on a power play, then made a perfect feed to Tuch to tie the game. The Americans had several glittering chances, like Nick Schmaltz missing an open net midway through the second frame, moments after Sonny Milano rang one off the crossbar. Finlands Julius Honka came close 11 minutes into the third on a power play when his point shot got through traffic, but it looked to hit a post. I think it hits the crossbar or something, said Honka. But if we keep playing like that, well score goals. The U.S. outshot Finland 38-29, including 4-1 in the five-minute overtime. Wholesale Authentic Stan Smith . 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Teammates Ben Thompson, Jan Hudec and Manuel Osborne-Paradis finished 19th, 21st and 25th respectively. Pre-race favorite Aksel Lund Svindal fourth and American Bode Miller finished eighth. Mayer was one of the first contenders to come down, with the No. 11 bib, and he hardly celebrated when he reached the finish. But his smile grew wider as all the favorites failed to catch him. Miller was one of the fastest skiers on the top section but lost speed when he hit a gate on a right turn a bit further down. "He pinched it off and went into the gate," Italian skier Dominik Paris said. "It was a critical section there." After crossing the finish, Miller sat down on his skis with a look of bewilderment on his face. That was understandable, considering that the American had dominated two of the three official training sessions. Svindal was also fast on top but lost speed when his large frame went soaring into the air over the big jumps lining the rest of the course. Mayer is short and compact and appeared more aerodynamic over the jumps. Mayeris one of the more surprising gold medalists in the sports marquee race, as he has never before finished better than fifth in a World Cup downhill. But Mayer led the seconnd downhill training session and was third in the opening session.dddddddddddd His father, Helmut, won a silver medal in the super-G at the 1988 Calgary Games. Mayer was not even supposed to be Austrias top contender but he was thrust into that position when Hannes Reichelt was sidelined with back surgery after winning the prestigious Kitzbuehel downhill on home snow two weeks ago. Ski-loving Austria has won more mens downhills at the Olympics than any other nation, six of 17, but the last came in 2002 from Fritz Strobl, who happens to be from the same region in southern Austria as Mayer. So is Franz Klammer, who won the 1976 Innsbruck Games downhill. Mayer has had more success in super-G, including a silver medal at the 2008 junior world championships and two second-place World Cup showings. Those super-G skills suited him well for the Olympic downhill course, which was extremely technical. At 3.5 kilometers (2.17 miles), the Rosa Khutor piste was also one of the most physically demanding tests skiers faced all season. With three big jumps, one of which sent skiers soaring into the air for 70 meters (yards), it provided for a spectacular race. However, the stands were only half full at the start due to an apparent traffic problem. They only filled up as the race wore on. Skies were cloudy and the temperature was slightly above freezing. The next event on the Alpine schedule is the womens super-combined Monday, followed by the womens downhill Wednesday. ' ' '