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Israelsson helps Sweden shut out Canada West 2-0 at World Junior A Challenge

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LANGLEY, B.C. - Mathias Israelsson made 37 saves as Sweden shut out Canada West 2-0 on Tuesday at the World Junior A Challenge.

Erik Karlsson and Jesper Pettersson scored for Sweden, with both goals coming on the power play.

Karlsson beat Canada West goalie Sean Maguire in the first period at 7:52 and Petterson tallied three minutes into the third.

The win moves Sweden (2-0) into the semifinals after a 1-0 shutout against the United Stated on Monday.

Overall, Swedish goaltenders are a perfect 81-for-81 through two games, and will get two days of rest before Friday?s semis.

Maguire finished with 28 saves on 30 shots for Canada West (0-1), which next takes on defending champions the U.S. in Pool A's round robin finale Wednesday.

Earlier Tuesday, Radim Matus scored once and added two assists and Martin Prochazka netted the winner midway through the third period as the Czech Republic earned its first-ever win at the tournament by beating Russia 4-3.

The line of Matus, Petr Koblasa and Erik Nemec combined for seven points ? Koblasa and Nemec each added a goal and assist to go along with Matus? three points ? and goaltender Patrik Polivka made 40 saves to earn the win.

Alexei Filippov, Arseni Khatsei and Alexei Kudreman scored for the Russians, who fought back from a two-goal deficit early in the second period to tie the game before Prochazka???s winner.

Ivan Nalimov allowed three goals on 15 shots for Russia before being replaced by Andrey Vasilevski 20 seconds into the second period.

Russia (0-1) wraps up preliminary round play in Group B on Wednesday against Canada East (1-0), while the Czechs (1-1) will wait for the conclusion of the round robin to find out who and when they play in the playoff round.

The annual international tournament showcases Canada's top Junior A Tier 2 players, as well as players from other countries.

The teams are made up of players born between 1992 and 1995.

The U.S. has won the tournament the last three years.

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