Czechs take fifth at junior hockey worlds

Updated: January 4, 2007, 4:55 PM ET
Associated Press

LEKSAND, Sweden -- The Czech Republic beat Finland 6-2 to finish fifth in the World Junior Ice Hockey Championship on Thursday, while Germany and Belarus were relegated to a lower division next year.

In the relegation round, Slovakia routed Belarus 9-0 to send the Belorussians to Division I next year. Germany also was relegated after losing 5-3 to Switzerland.

On Friday, two-time defending champion Canada plays Russia in the final, while the United States takes on Sweden for third place.


Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press

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