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2012-12-26 at 07:40

Strong start

Canada captain Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, centre, celebrates his goal with teammates while playing against Germany during first period IIHF World Junior Championships hockey action in Ufa, Russia on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012.
By Nathan Denette, The Canadian Press
Canada captain Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, centre, celebrates his goal with teammates while playing against Germany during first period IIHF World Junior Championships hockey action in Ufa, Russia on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012.
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UFA, Russia - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had a goal and four assists to pace Canada to a 9-3 win over Germany to open the 2013 world junior hockey championship Wednesday.

Mark Scheifele scored twice, including a short-handed goal, and Jonathan Huberdeau had a goal and two assists for Canada.

Canada's other scorers were Ty Rattie, Ryan Strome, Jonathan Drouin and defencemen Xavier Ouellet and Tyler Wotherspoon.

Goaltender Malcolm Subban stopped 25 of 28 shots for the win.

Leonhard Pfoderl countered with a goal and an assist for the Germans. Tobias Rieder, who plays for the Ontario Hockey League's Kitchener Rangers, and Nickolas Latta also scored for Germany.

Elmar Trautmann made 37 saves on 46 shots in Germany's net.

Canada faces Slovakia on Friday.

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