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Russia beats Czech Republic 2-1 in world juniors

Russia goalie Pyotr Kochetkov (20) stops Czech Republic's Jachym Kondelik (29) during third-period IIHF world junior hockey championship game action i...
Referee Peter Stano, right, blows the whistle after losing sight of the puck as Czech Republic's Jachym Kondelik (29) is stopped by Russia goalie Pyot...
Russia's Artyom Galimov, left, and goalie Pyotr Kochetkov celebrate their win over the Czech Republic in IIHF world junior hockey championship game ac...
Russia's Ivan Muranov (23) falls in front of Czech Republic's David Kvasnicka (7) during the second period of a world junior hockey championships game...
Czech Republic's Martin Kaut (16) and Russia's Dmitri Samorukov (5) collide during third-period IIHF world junior hockey championship game action in V...
Russia's Ivan Muranov, front, and Czech Republic's David Kvasnicka vie for the puck during the second period of a world junior hockey championships ga...
Russia's Nikolai Kovalenko, left, scores against Czech Republic goalie Lukas Dostal during the second period of a world junior hockey championships ga...

Russia goalie Pyotr Kochetkov (20) stops Czech Republic's Jachym Kondelik (29) during third-period IIHF world junior hockey championship game action i...

Referee Peter Stano, right, blows the whistle after losing sight of the puck as Czech Republic's Jachym Kondelik (29) is stopped by Russia goalie Pyot...

Russia's Artyom Galimov, left, and goalie Pyotr Kochetkov celebrate their win over the Czech Republic in IIHF world junior hockey championship game ac...

Russia's Ivan Muranov (23) falls in front of Czech Republic's David Kvasnicka (7) during the second period of a world junior hockey championships game...

Czech Republic's Martin Kaut (16) and Russia's Dmitri Samorukov (5) collide during third-period IIHF world junior hockey championship game action in V...

Russia's Ivan Muranov, front, and Czech Republic's David Kvasnicka vie for the puck during the second period of a world junior hockey championships ga...

Russia's Nikolai Kovalenko, left, scores against Czech Republic goalie Lukas Dostal during the second period of a world junior hockey championships ga...

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.