Czech Republic, Finland repeat as fifth-, sixth-place finishers

Updated: January 3, 2008, 5:30 PM ET
Associated Press

PARDUBICE, Czech Republic -- The Czech Republic rallied in the second period to rout Finland 5-1 Thursday and finish fifth at the world junior hockey championship.

The Czechs and the Finns finished fifth and sixth -- the same as at last year's championship in Sweden.

In Friday's semifinals, the United States plays Canada, and Sweden takes on Russia.

Harri Pesonen gave Finland the lead 1:59 into the opening period, but Daniel Bartek and Michael Frolik scored in the second to put the Czech Republic ahead.

Tomas Kundratek, Zbynek Hampl and Martin Latal finished the scoring for the Czechs.

In the relegation round, Switzerland defeated Denmark 5-2 to finish ninth in a game between the bottom teams. They will be relegated and replaced by Germany and Latvia at next year's championship in Ottawa, Canada. In another relegation game, Slovakia routed Kazakhstan 8-0.

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