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Sweden tops Canada 4-3, United States edges Russia 3-2 at U20 Worlds

Sweden tops Canada 4-3, United States edges Russia 3-2 at U20 Worlds

Tobias Forsberg scored with seven seconds left to help Sweden edge defending champion Canada 4-3 on Saturday and move atop Group A at the Under-20 World Ice Hockey Championship.
Sweden leads the group with nine points from three games, Canada has six.
The winner of each group directly qualifies for the semifinals, while the second and third teams advance to the quarterfinals to play for the two remaining semifinal spots.
Canada wasted a two goal lead after Brand Marschand scored the opening goal 55 seconds before the first period's end and Shawn Matthias made it 2-0 2:17 into the third period. Sweden rallied on goals by Eric Moe, Tony Lagerstrom and Oscar Moller.
Also Saturday, the United States outlasted Russia 3-2 in a clash for the lead at Group B.
Tyler Ruegsegger gave the Americans the first period lead.
Alexei Cherepanov equalized for the Russians. James van Riemsdyk scored his third tournament goal 3:01 into the third period to put the United States ahead again and Mike Carman scored the eventual winner later in the period. Viktor Tikhonov pulled the Russians within one with a goal 5:24 remaining in the game.
The United States leads the group with nine points, Russia remains on six.
Elsewhere Saturday, the Czech Republic downed Slovakia 5-2 in Group A and has six points from three matches. In Group B Finland cruised to a 5-0 win over Kazakhstan and is third with five points from three games.
With one more group game to play, Slovakia and Kazakhstan have no chance to advance to the quarterfinals and will play in the relegation round.
Jakub Sklenar scored twice for the Czechs and Michael Frolik had his fourth tournament goal as the hosts jumped to a commanding 4-0 lead in the second period. The Slovaks then answered with Oliver Duris at 38:17 and Erik Caladi made it 4-2 on a power play goal. Martin Latal gave the Czechs the final goal 2:07 later.
Joonas Kemppainen scored twice for the Finns and Juuso Puustinen scored his third goal of the tournament to lead Finland over Kazakhstan.


Updated : 2021-03-05 00:06 GMT+08:00