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James van Riemsdyk scores OT winner as U.S. beats Czech Republic 3-2

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OTTAWA - James van Riemsdyk scored the overtime winner as the United States beat the Czech Republic 3-2 in the fifth-place match at the world junior hockey championships Sunday.

The win completes a disappointing tournament for the Americans, who went 3-1 in the preliminary round but were knocked out of medal contention by underdog Slovakia 5-3 in the quarter-finals Friday.

American Eric Tangradi opened the scoring at 8:36 of the first period, a lead the U.S. held until the third period when Czech Zdenek Okal put the equalizer past goalie Josh Unice.

Ondrej Roman put the Czechs ahead 2-1, but three minutes later Cade Fairchild tied it up on a U.S. power play to send it to overtime.

The Czechs were lucky to keep it so close. Tomas Vosvrda stood on his head, making 45 saves for a Czech squad unable to stay out of the penalty box.

Finland 3, Germany 1

Juha Metsola made 25 saves as Finland knocked Germany out of relegation play into Division 1.

Latvia 7, Kazakhstan 1

Roberts Jekimovs and Artjoms Ogorodnikovs both scored twice as Latvia rolled over Kazakhstan in relegation play. Kazakhstan will now move to Division 1.

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