Russia defeats Denmark in first game of Ice Hockey World Juniors in Canada

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MOSCOW, December 28. /TASS/. The Russian national youth ice hockey team (Under-20) defeated Denmark 4:0 in its first game of the IIHF World Junior Ice Hockey Championship in Vancouver, Canada.

The goals were scored by Vitaly Kravtsov (7’), Alexander Romanov (38’), Pavel Shen (54′) and Ivan Morozov (59’).

Danish team captain Jonas Rondbjerg received an injury and had to leave the arena in the last minutes of the first period.

The matches of the 2019 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships will be played in the Canadian cities of Vancouver and Victoria until January 5.

The ten participating teams were divided into two groups and Russia will be playing in Group A alongside with the teams from Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark and Switzerland. Group B enlists the national teams from Finland, Kazakhstan, Slovakia, Sweden and the United States.

After its first game, Russia is the runner-up in Group A with three points. Canada, which defeated Denmark 14:0 in its first game, holds the top spot. Czech Republic is third (2 points), followed by Switzerland (1 point) and Denmark (0 points).

The Russian team will face the Czech Republic on December 29, Switzerland on December 31 and Canada on January 1.

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