Roman Augustoviz spends Minnesota's winters covering college hockey, specifically the Gophers, and other University of Minnesota sports. During the summer, he writes about the WNBA's Minnesota Lynx, with a dose of U sports sprinkled in. Follow him on Twitter @RomanStrib.

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Minnesotans collect 10 points in U.S. comeback over Austria

Posted by: Roman Augustoviz under Men's hockey Updated: May 4, 2013 - 2:09 PM

Six players from Minnesota combined for 10 points as the U.S. team beat Austria 5-3 on Saturday in it first game of the  IIHF Men's World Championship in Helsinki, Finland.

The Austrians took a 2-0 lead in the first six minutes, but the U.S. team scored one goal later in the opening period and four in the second.

Defenseman Erik Johnson of Bloomington had two goals for the U.S. team. Defenseman Justin Faulk of South St. Paul and forwards Nick Bjugstad of Blaine and Danny Kristo of Eden Prairie each had two assists.

Defenseman Jamie McBain of Edina and forward Drew LeBlanc of Hermantown had one assist apiece.

Shots were 29-21 in favor of the U.S., 14-7 in the second period alone.

Ex-Gopher Thomas Vanek played for the Austrians but did not have a point.

The U.S. team plays Latvia on Sunday.

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