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Russia eliminates Switzerland in shootout to advance to Semis

Nikita Kucherov scored a late third period goal and the shootout winner as Russia advances to the semifinals with a 4-3 victory over Switzerland.

The host nation will face Sweden, Thursday at 8am et/5am pt on TSN, for a spot in the World Junior Hockey Championship final.

Sven Andrighetto had given Switzerland a third period lead with an even strength goal earlier in the period.

Russia’s Mikhail Grigorenko and Switzerland’s Martin Ness traded second period goals while Alexander Khokhlachev opened the scoring for Russia and Christoph Bertschy responded for Switzerland in the first period. 

Russia played a man down as forward Valeri Nichushkin was forced to sit out after being assessed a five-minute major and game misconduct for checking Canadian defenceman Tyler Wotherspoon from behind in a loss to Canada Monday.

Storm forward, Tanner Richard was selected to shoot in the shootout, but failed to score. The Swiss will face the Czechs on Friday at 8:00am

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