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Czech Republic shuts out Norway; Slovakia wins opener

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The Canadian Press
1/3/2011 8:01:40 PM
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NIAGARA, N.Y. -- Marek Mazanec stopped 21 shots as the Czech Republic shut out Norway 2-0 at the world junior hockey championship Monday night.

Tomas Rachunek and Antonin Honejsek each scored for the Czechs, who won their opening game of the tournament.

After a scoreless first period, Rachunek gave his team a 1-0 lead with a goal on Norway goaltender Steffen Soberg 13:35 into the second.

A short-handed goal in the third put the game out of Norway's reach.

Czech defenceman Adam Sedlak was handed a two-minute penalty and 10-minute misconduct for checking to the head and neck area 4:31 into the third.

But just 26 seconds later, Honejsek scored to make it 2-0.

Soberg stopped 36 shots for Norway, which remained winless through two games.

Elsewhere, Slovakia shaded Germany 2-1 in overtime.

Slovakia 2, Germany 1 (OT)

At Buffalo, N.Y., Marek Hrivik scored in overtime as Slovakia won its tournament opener.

Hrivik scored on the power play 3:39 into OT after Germany's Thomas Brandl was sent off for tripping.

Slovakia captain Richard Panik gave his team the lead eight seconds into the second period before Norman Hauner tied the game 1-1 later in the period.

Dominik Riecicky made 47 saves for Slovakia, while Philipp Grubauer stopped 37 shots for the Germans, who are winless through two games.

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