UFA, Russia (AP) — Viktor Arvidsson scored twice Saturday as Sweden beat Latvia 5-1 at the junior ice hockey world championships to secure a spot in the knockout round.
Sweden dominated the match but struggled to find a way past goalkeeper Ivars Punnenovs until Emil Molin gave the Swedes the lead with 50 seconds left in the first period. Teodors Blugers scored for the winless Latvians, but Sebastian Collberg restored the lead and Sweden added three late goals to wrap up the win.
Arvidsson scored two quick goals midway through the third and Alexander Wennberg added the fifth with less than a minute to play.
Sweden tops Group A with eight points in three games, while Latvia is last with no points. Russia played Germany later Saturday in Group B,