Russia rallies to beat US 5-3 in world junior hockey quarter-finals

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USA's Matt Grzelcyk looks down after his team lost the World Junior Hockey Championships quarter-final between USA and Russia in Malmo, Sweden on Thursday.

MALMO, Sweden — Russia beat the United States 5-3 in the world junior hockey quarter-finals Thursday, rallying to take lead on Nakita Zadorov’s two power-play goals.

Zadorov scored on 5-on-3 advantages in a 1:01 span in the second period to give Russia a 4-3 lead. The 6-foot-4 defenceman plays for the London Knights in the Ontario Hockey League.

Pavel Buchnevich also scored twice for Russia, Mikhail Grigorenko added a goal, and Andrei Vasilevski made 30 saves.

New Jersey Devils farmhand Stefan Matteau, Plymouth Whalers forward Ryan Hartman and Wisconsin’s Nic Kerdiles had first-period goals for the United States, the tournament winner last year in Russia. Providence’s John Gillies stopped 20 shots.

Russia will face the Sweden-Slovakia winner in the semifinals. In the other quarter-finals, Canada faced Switzerland, and the Czech Republic played Finland.

Organizations: London Knights, Ontario Hockey League, New Jersey Devils

Geographic location: Russia, Sweden, Wisconsin United States Canada Switzerland Czech Republic Finland

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