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

1/3/2008 - NHL

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.