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Russia beats Czech Republic 2-1 in world juniors

December 29, 2018

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Artyom Galimov and Nikolai Kovalenko scored and Russia beat the Czech Republic 2-1 on Friday night to improve to 2-0 in the world junior hockey championship.

Pyotr Kochetkov made 24 saves for Russia, allowing only Jachym Kondelik’s second period goal.

Tied with Canada for the Group A lead, Russia opened Thursday with a 4-0 victory over Denmark. The Czech Republic was coming off a 2-1 overtime victory over Switzerland on Wednesday.

In the late game in Victoria, the United States faced Kazakhstan in Group B.

The United States opened Wednesday night with a 2-1 victory over Slovakia. The Americans will play Sweden on Saturday night and complete round-robin play against Finland on Monday night.

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