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Czechs score three times in third period for 5-3 win over Belarus

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HELSINKI - The Czech Republic used a balanced scoring attack Wednesday in a 5-3 win over Belarus at the world junior hockey championship.

Simon Stransky, one of five different Czech scorers, opened the scoring in the first period at Hartwall Arena.

Stepan Falkovski pulled Belarus even early in the second frame before Yegor Sharangovich restored the Czechs' lead on the power play. Dominik Latakos tied the game again moments later and Vladislav Goncharov gave Belarus a 3-2 lead late in the period with a power-play goal.

The Czechs moved ahead in the third period with three goals in a span of less than eight minutes. Jiri Smejkal tied it, Radek Vesely scored the winner and Dominik Masin added an empty-netter.

The Czechs, with two wins and an overtime loss, are in second place in Group B with seven points. Belarus fell to 0-4.

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