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Sport Czech Republic, Canada, Sweden advance in world juniors

05:30  03 january  2018
05:30  03 january  2018 Source:   ap.org

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Filip Chytil of Czech Republic shoots the puck past Urho Vaakanainen of Finland during the first period of play in the IIHF World Junior Championships quarterfinals.© Nicholas T. LoVerde/Getty Images Filip Chytil of Czech Republic shoots the puck past Urho Vaakanainen of Finland during the first period of play in the IIHF World Junior Championships quarterfinals. BUFFALO, N.Y. — Kristian Reichel and Martin Necas scored shootout goals and the Czech Republic defeated Finland 4-3 in a world junior quarterfinal on Tuesday.

The Czechs will play Canada in the semifinals on Thursday night.

Drake Batherson scored twice as Canada earned an 8-2 quarterfinal win over Switzerland.

The Canadians beat the Czech Republic 9-0 on Dec. 20 in a pre-tournament exhibition game in London, Ontario. However, the Czechs didn't put out their full roster and had just arrived in North America.

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On the other end of the bracket, Isac Lundestrom scored two goals and Sweden hung on to defeat Slovakia 3-2 to remain unbeaten in the tournament. Sweden advances to play the winner of Tuesday night's quarterfinal between the defending champion United States and Russia.

Brett Howden added a goal and two assists for Canada, which won Group A with three wins and a shootout loss. Cale Makar, Jordan Kyrou, Conor Timmins, Dillon Dube and Maxime Comtois also scored.

Canadian goalie Carter Hart stopped 12 shots for the win.

Filip Zadina scored twice in regulation for the Czech Republic, including the tying goal with 2:26 remaining in the third period. Reichel scored the other goal. Josef Korenar made 51 saves.

Aapeli Rasanen, Olli Juolevi and Kristian Vesalainen had goals for Finland. Vesalainen also had the only Finnish goal in the shootout. Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen made 26 saves.

Fabian Zetterlund scored the other goal for Sweden, making it 2-0 early in the second period. Martin Bodak had both goals for Slovakia. Roman Durny made 36 saves.

In the opener of a three-game relegation series, Andreas Grundtvig scored with 15 seconds left in the third period to lead Denmark to a 5-4 comeback victory over Belarus.

Czech highway closed amid heavy snow, multiple car crashes .
Heavy snow in the Czech Republic has caused dozens of car crashes and closed down the country's major highway.The Czech Hydro-meteorological Institute warned the snowfall was expected to hit six of the country's 14 regions, mostly in eastern Czech Republic.

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