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Defending champion Canada clinches semifinal berth; Russia routs Belarus 6-1

Defending champion Canada clinches semifinal berth; Russia routs Belarus 6-1

Defenseman Kris Russell scored two goals Friday to lead two-time defending champion Canada past Germany 3-1 to clinch a semifinal berth at the World Junior Hockey Championship.
The victory gave Canada first place in Group A. It was Canada's 15th consecutive win in the under-20 championships and the fifth consecutive year that Canada has won its preliminary round group.
In Group B, Russia routed Belarus 6-1 to clinch at least second place. Only Finland can overtake the Russians.
Canada still has to play Slovakia on New Year's Eve, but no team can overtake the Canadians.
After Russell's first goal at 7:04 in the opening period, Germany capitalized on a two-man advantage to tie the game midway through the second period on Felix Schutz's second goal and fourth point in the championship.
Philip Gogulla took a hooking penalty only a half-minute later, and on the ensuing power-play Canada retook the lead on Steve Downie's second goal in the tournament.
Russell notched his second goal with 10 minutes remaining.
Defenseman Vyacheslav Buravchikov paced Russia with two goals. Others scoring for Russia were Pavel Valentenko, Alexander Vasyunov, Evgeny Ryasensky and Igor Musatov.
All five Russians who scored had their first goals in the tournament.
Alexander Shurko scored for Belarus. Russia outshot Belarus 41-17.


Updated : 2021-05-09 20:55 GMT+08:00