May 14, 2006

Russia power past Swiss 6-3 to remain undefeated

RIGA (Reuters) - Russia scored two powerplay goals early in
the final period to beat Switzerland 6-3 on Sunday and maintain
a 100 percent record at the ice hockey world championship.

Two powerful blasts by defensemen Dmitry Bykov and Ilya
Nikulin less than two minutes apart beat Montreal Canadiens
goaltender David Aebischer to break a 2-2 deadlock.

Goran Bezina brought the Swiss within one three minutes
later, using advantage of a 5-3 powerplay opportunity, but late
strikes by Nikolai Kulemin and Evgeni Malkin sealed Russia's
fifth successive victory since the start of the tournament.

Russia could clinch top spot in Group F if unbeaten Sweden
lose to Slovakia in the second game later on Sunday.

Denis Zaripov and Denis Arkhipov scored the first two goals
for Russia while Thierry Paterlini and Beat Forster replied for
the previously undefeated Switzerland, who remained in fourth
place with four points from four games.

The top four teams from each of the two qualifying groups
advance to the medal round.