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Russia rallies to beat US 5-3 in world junior hockey quarterfinals

Thursday, 01.02.2014 / 9:44 AM / News

The Canadian Press

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Russia rallies to beat US 5-3 in world junior hockey quarterfinals

MALMO, Sweden - Russia beat the United States 5-3 in the world junior hockey quarterfinals Thursday, rallying to take lead on Nakita Zadorov's two power-play goals.

Zadorov scored on 5-on-3 advantages in a 1:01 span in the second period to give Russia a 4-3 lead. The 6-foot-4 defenceman plays for the London Knights in the Ontario Hockey League.

Pavel Buchnevich also scored twice for Russia, Mikhail Grigorenko added a goal, and Andrei Vasilevski made 30 saves.

New Jersey Devils farmhand Stefan Matteau, Plymouth Whalers forward Ryan Hartman and Wisconsin's Nic Kerdiles had first-period goals for the United States, the tournament winner last year in Russia. Providence's John Gillies stopped 20 shots.

Russia will face the Sweden-Slovakia winner in the semifinals. In the other quarterfinals, Canada faced Switzerland, and the Czech Republic played Finland.

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