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In the first game of the World Junior Hockey Championships, Sweden defeats Russia 6-3.

Sweden overcomes Russia 6-3 in the world junior hockey opening.

(AP) RED DEER, Alberta 

— Theodor Niederbach scored midway through the third period to stop Russia’s comeback effort in Sweden’s 6-3 victory over Russia on the first day of the world junior hockey championship.

After Russia’s Matvei Michkov scored twice in a 41-second span early in the third to narrow the margin to 4-3, Niederbach beat goalie Jaroslav Askarov to reestablish a two-goal lead.

Oskar Olausson, Emil Andrae, Alexander Holtz, Simon Edvinson, and Daniel Ljungman also scored for Sweden, and Jesper Wallstedt made 27 saves in the Group B game.

Championships, Sweden defeats Russia 6-3.

Fyodor Svecjkov of Russia added a goal, and Askarov made 13 saves.

Finland defeated Germany 3-1 in Group A earlier this week in Edmonton, with Samuel Helenius scoring twice. Joel Maatta also scored, and Leevi Merilainen made 23 saves. Luca Munzenberger of Germany scored, while Nikita Quapp made 19 saves.

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