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Ovechkin scores three goals for Russians

Updated: December 27, 2002, 10:43 AM ET
Associated Press

SYDNEY, Nova Scotia -- Alexander Ovechkin scored three goals to lead defending champion Russia over the United States 5-1 Thursday in Pool A play of the World Junior Hockey Championships.

Kirill Koltsov and Yuri Trubachev also scored for Russia.

Patrick O'Sullivan scored for the United States, which finished fifth last year.

Andrei Medveded made 15 saves in the Russian net, while James Howard and Robert Howard combined to stop 26 shots for the United States.

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