Russia beats Belarus 7-2

Updated: December 30, 2004, 1:16 PM ET
Associated Press

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Goals by Clarke MacArthur, Sidney Crosby and Cameron Barker led Canada in a dominating first-period performance that became a 9-0 victory Tuesday night over Germany in the World Junior Hockey Championship.

Canada outshot Germany 25-5 in the period and 52-17 for the game. Crosby and Anthony Stewart finished with two goals apiece for the Canadians.

Canada, a favorite to win the tournament, improved to 3-0 in preliminary games. Germany dropped to 0-3.

"It would be huge to finish undefeated," MacArthur said. "The Canada crowds have been so great. We can't let up."

Crosby's goals gave him a tournament-leading six.

"We have a lot of talented players to put on the ice," MacArthur said. "I think mentally, we just wanted to keep the pedal down."

The Canadians took nothing for granted.

"We wanted to make sure our preparation was very good," coach Brent Sutter said. "Germany has a history of knocking off teams. I think we did a good job of taking it one period at a time and playing our game."

Canada will play Finland on Thursday to close out the preliminary round of play.

In Thief River Falls, Minn., Sergei Shirokov scored his third goal of the tournament, leading Russia to its second straight win, 7-2 over Belarus. The victory left the Russians 2-1 and even with the United States with four points in the preliminary round.

Team USA is the defending champion and will play 0-3 Belarus on Wednesday.


Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press

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