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Germany edges Russia 5-4 at World Under-17 Hockey Challenge

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COURTENAY, B.C. - Tom Kuhnhackl's second goal of the game with 6:05 remaining stood up as the winner as Germany advanced to the fifth-place game with a 5-4 victory over Russia on Friday at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

Konrad Abeltshauser, Yasin Ehliz and Bernhard Keil also scored for Germany. Evgeny Kuznetsov scored twice to lead the Russian offensive attack. Aleksander Gogolev and Evgeny Grigorenko also picked up goals in a losing cause.

Germany will face Quebec for fifth place on Saturday.

In Friday's other early game, Tomas Jurco scored twice as Slovakia recorded its first win of the tournament, defeating Finland 7-4.

The victory means Slovakia will play Russia in the seventh-place game.

Michal Murcek, David Bondra, Dominik Simcak, Matej Bene and Lukas Cingel also scored for Slovakia.

Finland, which finished winless in the preliminary round for the first time since 2002, got two goals from Pyry Niemi and one each from Markus Nikander and Riku Vakiparta.

The Finns will play for ninth place on Saturday against Atlantic.

Four undefeated teams were set to play later Friday, with first place in both groups on the line.

In Group A, it was an all-Canadian matchup between Pacific and Ontario, while the U.S. was to play West in Group B. All four teams already secured berths in Saturday's semifinals.

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