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Russia beats Latvia 4-1 to kick off world junior hockey championship

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OTTAWA - Russia has found the win column at the world junior hockey championship.

Pavel Chernov had a goal and an assist to lead the Russians to a 4-1 win over Latvia in the tournament's opening game on Friday.

"It wasn't a great game on our part, but it was a solid win in the first game," Russia's Nikita Filatov told the IIHF website. "So this was okay. Latvia in an opening game is not easy."

Vyacheslav Voinov, Maxim Goncharov and Dmitri Klopov also scored for Russia.

Janis Ozololins replied with Latvia's lone goal.

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