Simon Edvinsson, Emil Andrae and Alexander Holtz each scored one and assisted another to lead Sweden past Russia 6-3 Sunday on the first day at the world junior hockey championship.
Oskar Olausson, Theodor Niederbach and Daniel Ljungman also scored for Sweden (1-0). Helge Grans and William Eklund chipped in with two assists apiece.
Jesper Wallstedt turned away 27 shots in the tournament-opening win in Red Deer, Alta.
Matvei Michkov replied with two third-period goals for Russia (0-1). Fyodor Svechkov also scored.
GOAL :🚨 Tic-Tac-Goal!<br><br>Alexander Holtz finishes it off to give <a href=”https://twitter.com/Trekronorse?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>@Trekronorse</a> a 4-1 lead!<a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/WorldJuniors?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#WorldJuniors</a> <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/RUSSWE?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#RUSSWE</a> <a href=”https://t.co/anxPepYJF7″>pic.twitter.com/anxPepYJF7</a>
Russian goalie Yaroslav Askarov gave up three goals on 16 shots before being pulled after two periods. Yegor Guskov stopped 5-of-7 shots in relief in the third.
Canada will host the Czech Republic later on Sunday at Rogers Place, home of the Edmonton Oilers.
In Red Deer, Alta., Russia plays Sweden and in the late game the United States will take on Slovakia.
Helenius leads Finland past Germany
Samuel Helenius scored twice as Finland topped Germany 3-1 on Sunday in the first day of play at the world junior hockey championship.
Joel Maata had the eventual winner in the second period for Finland (1-0) with Brad Lambert assisting on both of Helenius’s goals.
The flying Finns are back! <br>Samuel Helenius gets right into the net to pick up a nice pass from Brad Lambert and widens <a href=”https://twitter.com/leijonat?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>@leijonat</a>’s lead by 2. <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/WorldJuniors?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#WorldJuniors</a> <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/FINGER?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#FINGER</a> <a href=”https://t.co/4ZgWTKYM1E”>pic.twitter.com/4ZgWTKYM1E</a>
Leevi Merilainen made 23 saves for the win in net.
Luca Munzenberger was the lone scorer for Germany (0-1), which got 19 stops from goaltender Nikita Quapp.
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