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US beats Finland, 4-1, at ice hockey worlds

  • U.S. goalie John Gibson during the Ice Hockey World Championship preliminary round match against Finland in Helsinki, Finland, Wednesday May 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Lehtikuva/Martti Kainulainen) FINLAND OUT

    U.S. goalie John Gibson during the Ice Hockey World Championship preliminary round match against Finland in Helsinki, Finland, Wednesday May 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Lehtikuva/Martti Kainulainen) FINLAND OUT

  • US player Craig Smith celebrates his 1-1 goal against Finland during the Ice Hockey World Championship preliminary round match in Helsinki, Finland, Wednesday May 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Lehtikuva/Martti Kainulainen) FINLAND OUT

    US player Craig Smith celebrates his 1-1 goal against Finland during the Ice Hockey World Championship preliminary round match in Helsinki, Finland, Wednesday May 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Lehtikuva/Martti Kainulainen) FINLAND OUT

  • Switzerland's Simon Moser, center, scores the 5-1 goal against Slovenia during the Ice Hockey World Championship group A match in Stockholm, Sweden, Tuesday May 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Anders Wiklund/Scanpix) SWEDEN OUT

    Switzerland's Simon Moser, center, scores the 5-1 goal against Slovenia during the Ice Hockey World Championship group A match in Stockholm, Sweden, Tuesday May 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Anders Wiklund/Scanpix) SWEDEN OUT

  • Switzerland's Julian Walker reacts after the 4-1 goal against Slovenia during the Ice Hockey World Championship group A match in Stockholm, Sweden, Tuesday May 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Anders Wiklund/Scanpix) SWEDEN OUT

    Switzerland's Julian Walker reacts after the 4-1 goal against Slovenia during the Ice Hockey World Championship group A match in Stockholm, Sweden, Tuesday May 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Anders Wiklund/Scanpix) SWEDEN OUT

  • Sweden's Loui Eriksson, center, squeezes between Norway's goalie Lars Haugen and Henrik Solberg during the Ice Hockey World Championship group A match in Stockholm, Sweden, Tuesday May 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Scanpix Sweden/Anders Wiklund) SWEDEN OUT

    Sweden's Loui Eriksson, center, squeezes between Norway's goalie Lars Haugen and Henrik Solberg during the Ice Hockey World Championship group A match in Stockholm, Sweden, Tuesday May 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Scanpix Sweden/Anders Wiklund) SWEDEN OUT

  • U.S. goalie John Gibson during the Ice Hockey World Championship preliminary round match against Finland in Helsinki, Finland, Wednesday May 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Lehtikuva/Martti Kainulainen) FINLAND OUT
  • US player Craig Smith celebrates his 1-1 goal against Finland during the Ice Hockey World Championship preliminary round match in Helsinki, Finland, Wednesday May 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Lehtikuva/Martti Kainulainen) FINLAND OUT
  • Switzerland's Simon Moser, center, scores the 5-1 goal against Slovenia during the Ice Hockey World Championship group A match in Stockholm, Sweden, Tuesday May 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Anders Wiklund/Scanpix) SWEDEN OUT
  • Switzerland's Julian Walker reacts after the 4-1 goal against Slovenia during the Ice Hockey World Championship group A match in Stockholm, Sweden, Tuesday May 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Anders Wiklund/Scanpix) SWEDEN OUT
  • Sweden's Loui Eriksson, center, squeezes between Norway's goalie Lars Haugen and Henrik Solberg during the Ice Hockey World Championship group A match in Stockholm, Sweden, Tuesday May 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Scanpix Sweden/Anders Wiklund) SWEDEN OUT

Craig Smith had a hat trick and teenager John Gibson was stellar in net to lead the United States over host Finland, 4-1, at the ice hockey world championship yesterday.

Gibson, who finished with 31 saves, was a bold choice that paid off for the Americans, who moved above Finland in their group – second to Russia.

Though the 19-year-old has primarily played junior league hockey in Canada, he’s a three-time world age-group champion. He’s won titles in the under-17 classification, under-18, and at this year’s juniors in Russia, where he was named the most valuable player and best goalie.

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