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Sweden crushes Latvia 10-1 at world junior hockey championship

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OTTAWA - Magnus Svensson Paajarvi scored two goals and assisted on two others Monday afternoon as Sweden routed Latvia 10-1 at the world junior hockey championship.

Nicklas Lasu also had two goals for Sweden who improved to 3-0-0 at the tournament with one game remaining in the preliminary round. The Swedes face Russia on Wednesday afternoon, potentially with a semifinal berth at stake.

Erik Karlsson, Simon Hjalmarsson and Joakim Andersson each had a goal and two assists for Sweden while Andre Petersson, David Ullstrom and Mattias Tedenby had a goal each.

Mark Owuya was pretty relaxed in the Swedish goal as he faced just 10 shots. Sweden outshot Latvia 66-10.

Roberts Jekimovs had the only goal for the Latvians, who are 0-3-0 and close out their preliminary round against Finland (0-2-0) on Tuesday night.

The Latvians managed to keep the score relatively respectable for two periods, trailing 6-1 after 40 minutes, but as was the case in their previous two games at the tournament, they just ran out of gas.

They were outscored 4-0 in the third and were unable to beat Owuya during a two-man advantage for the final 26 seconds of the game.

Andersson scored at 33 seconds of the final frame and Karlsson gave Sweden an 8-1 lead exactly a minute later. Ullstrom scored a power-play goal at 8:31 and Lasu closed out the scoring with his second of the game at 9:18.

Hjalmarsson had the only goal in the second period and it gave Sweden a 6-1 lead.

Sweden completely dominated the first period outshooting Latvia 26-1 and outscoring them 5-1.

The only area of the game that Latvia was better in the first period was shooting percentage as Jekimovs scored with seven seconds left on his team's only shot.

By that point that game had already been decided as the Swedes built a 5-0 lead and chased Latvian starter Raimonds Ermics from the goal after he allowed three goals on 17 shots.

Tedenby opened the scoring at 2:13 on the power play and Svensson Paajarvi scored the first of his two goals at 9:15 to put Sweden up 2-0.

Petersson scored at 13:42 for a 3-0 Swedish lead and an early exit for Ermics.

Nauris Enkuzens came on to replace Ermics and allowed goals by Svensson Paajarvi at 17:39 and Lasu at 19:10.

Jekimovs then scored on a nice pass from Janis Ozolins to draw the biggest cheer of the game from the crowd.

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