Russia, Switzerland advance at hockey worlds
RIGA, Latvia -- Olympic champion Sweden beat Italy 4-0 Monday behind two goals from Kenny Jonsson to qualify for the second round at the World Ice Hockey Championship.
Russia defeated Belarus 3-2 with a pair of third-period goals on Monday, and Switzerland beat Ukraine 2-1 to also advance.
Russia's Alexander Kharitonov broke a 2-2 tie at 13:19 of the third period with a wrist shot that beat Belarus goalie Andrei Mezin.
Switzerland scored twice in the first period on a power-play goal by Goran Bezina and a short-handed goal by Andres Ambuhl.
Russia took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission on a power-play goal by Igor Yemeleyev.
In other action, Slovakia beat Kazakhstan 6-0.
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