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Canada beats Czechs, Russia downs Finns on opening day at U20 ice hockey worlds

Canada beats Czechs, Russia downs Finns on opening day at U20 ice hockey worlds

John Tavares scored twice to give defending champion Canada a 3-0 victory over the Czech Republic on Wednesday, opening day of the Under-20 World Ice Hockey Championship.
In the other Group A match, Sweden beat Slovakia 4-3, while the United States routed Kazakhstan 5-1 and Russia downed Finland 7-4 in Group B.
Canada played a cautious game to beat the ambitious host. Tavares scored at midway through the second period to give Canada the lead, and Matthew Halischuk doubled the advantage 3:57 into the third.
Tavares added the insurance with 7:02 remaining.
Johan Alcen scored the winner for Sweden with 4:57 remaining after Slovakia rallied with third-period goals by Ivan Rohac and Tomas Marcinko to draw even at 3-3.
The United States overcame an early deficit with five unanswered goals against Kazakhstan. Alexander Kurshuk gave the Asians the lead on a power play at 14:16, but James van Riemsdyk equlized with three seconds remaining in the first period and Rhett Rakhshani scored the eventual winner 4:58 into the second.
Russia fell behind twice in the first period, but scored five straight to take control 6-2 by 25 seconds into the third period. Marat Kalimulin was one of seven different Russians to score and also had three assists.


Updated : 2021-03-03 19:57 GMT+08:00