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Russia beats Latvia 4-1 to kick off 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.”

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

Janis Ozololins replied with Latvia’s lone goal.