Sweden beats Latvia to advance

Recapping Day 4 at the World Junior Hockey Championship in Ufa, Russia.

Sweden 5, Latvia 1

Viktor Arvidsson scored twice Saturday as Sweden beat Latvia to secure a spot in the knockout round.

Sweden dominated the match but struggled to find a way past goalkeeper Ivars Punnenovs until Emil Molin gave the Swedes the lead with 50 seconds left in the first period. Teodors Blugers scored for the winless Latvians, but Sebastian Collberg restored the lead and Sweden added three late goals to wrap up the win.

Arvidsson scored two quick goals midway through the third and Alexander Wennberg added the fifth with less than a minute to play.

Sweden tops Group A with eight points in three games, while Latvia is last with no points.

Russia 7, Germany 0

Russia routed Germany for its third straight victory at the tournament.

Yaroslav Kosov scored a natural hat trick in the third period for the Russians.

Nikita Kucherov gave the hosts the lead just a minute into the game, before Nail Yakupov and Daniil Zharkov added goals in the first period. Defenseman Albert Yarullin netted the fourth in the second period.

Russia goalkeeper Andrei Vasilevski had 41 saves. Russia tops Group B with nine points and will face Canada on Monday in a game that will likely decide the group winner.

Day 3 Recap: US edged by Russia; Canada beats Slovakia

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