U.S. beats Germany 3-0; Kotyk going from St. Scholastica to UMD; Crunch takes 2-0 series lead; Fargo trails in series 2-0; Wilderness loses opener

The United States defeated Germany 3-0 Sunday before 11,057 fans at Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland. Defenseman Justin Faulk had an assist. The U.S. continues to lead Group H at 5-1.

The International Ice Hockey Federation has a game story here and video highlights here and post-game interviews here.

Defenseman Brenden Kotyk of Regina, Saskatchewan, after a year at St. Scholastica, is transferring to Minnesota Duluth with hopes of playing for the Bulldogs. A News Tribune story is here.

The Syracuse Crunch beat Springfield 5-3 Saturday to take a 2-0 lead in an American Hockey League Eastern Conference semifinal playoff series. J.T. Brown had an assist. The Syracuse Post-Standard has a game story here.

Todd Mileweski of U.S. College Hockey Online has an update on what was on the agenda a week ago as college hockey coaches gathered in Florida here.

Alex Iafallo scored a goal Saturday night, yet the Fargo Force lost 4-1 at Dubuque to fall behind 2-0 in the U.S. Hockey League’s Clark Cup final. A game story from the Dubuque Telegraph Herald via the Fargo Forum here.

The Minnesota Wilderness, the first U.S.-based team to compete in Canada’s Royal Bank Cup, opened play Saturday with a 5-1 loss to host Summerside in Prince Edward Island. The tournament web site has a recap here.