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Canada's Alexis Lafreniere #11 celebrates with his bench after scoring against USA during preliminary round action at the 2018 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship. (Photo by Steve Kingsman/HHOF-IIHF Images)
At a jam-packed Arena Metallurg, Canada opened with a 6-4 win over the U.S. on Thursday. Awaiting reinforcements, the Canadians played with just 18 skaters.
Russia's Yegor Zamula #12 (not shown) scores a first period goal against Valentin Duquenne #1 of France while Vladislav Mikhailov #11 and Yegor Spiridonov #7 look on during preliminary round action at the 2018 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship. (Photo by Andrea Cardin/HHOF-IIHF Images)
There were no surprises in Russia's opening-game devastation of the IIHF World U18 Championship novices, as the hosts rocked and rolled to an easy win.