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U.S. coasts into world junior playoffs with 12-0 rout of Kazakhstan

OTTAWA – The United States coasted into the world junior hockey championship playoffs with a 12-0 rout of Kazakhstan on Tuesday.

The U.S. will play Canada in a match of 3-0-0 teams Wednesday with top spot in Group A on the line.

Kazakhstan (0-3-0) will head to the relegation round after suffering yet another rout. Canada trounced Kazakhstan 15-0 on Sunday.

Aaron Palushaj lead the Americans with two goals and two assists. Colin Wilson also had two goals, while James van Riemsdyk and Ian Cole each had a goal and two assists. Matt Rust, Mitch Wahl, Drayson Bowman, Mike Hoeffel, Jimmy Hayes and Danny Kristo had the other U.S. goals. Kevin Shattenkirk added three assists.

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American goaltender Thomas McCollum needed to make just 10 saves to earn the shutout.

A beleaguered Andrei Yankov made 49 saves on 61 shots for Kazakhstan.