KAMLOOPS, B.C. — Jack Hughes scored with 28.3 seconds left to play as the United States rallied past Russia 3-2 on Thursday in a pre-tournament game ahead of the world junior hockey championship.
Jason Robertson and Oliver Wahlstrom also scored in the third period as the Americans reeled off three unanswered goals.
Alexander Alexeyev and Kirill Marchenko built a 2-0 lead for Russia by the midway point of the second period.
Hughes took a pass from Joel Farabee in front of the crease and backhanded it beneath Russian goalie Danil Tarasov Tarasov for the game-winning goal.
Spencer Knight and Cayden Primeau split time in goal for the Americans.
The U.S. will face the Czech Republic in its final pre-tournament game on Saturday in Langley, B.C.
Russia will play Switzerland on Sunday in Burnaby, B.C.
The world junior hockey championship begins on Dec. 26 in Vancouver and Victoria.
The Canadian Press