Russia retains Group B lead at junior worlds

Updated: December 28, 2006, 7:31 PM ET
Associated Press

LEKSAND, Sweden -- Semen Varlamov made 25 saves and Russia beat Switzerland 6-0 on Thursday to retain the Group B lead in the world junior hockey championship.

Ilya Zubov, Alexander Bumagin, Igor Makarov, Evgeni Ryasensky, Artem Anisimov and Vyachelslav Voinov scored for Russia (2-0).

In the other Group B game, Teemu Lakso scored twice to help Finland beat the Czech Republic 6-2 in Mora. Belarus (1-0), Finland (1-1) and Switzerland (1-1) were tied for second with three points, followed by the Czech Republic (0-2).

In Group A in Mora, Patric Hornqvist and Robin Lindqvist scored in a 24-second span in the third period in Sweden's 6-3 victory over Slovakia. Martin Johansson had two goals for the Swedes, coming off a 2-0 loss to Canada (2-0).

The United States will finish Group A play Saturday against Belarus. The Americans opened with a 2-1 overtime loss to Germany, and also dropped a 6-3 decision to Canada.

The group winners will earn spots in the semifinals, while the next two finishers in each group will crossover to meet in the quarterfinals.


Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press

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