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U.S. Beats Kazakhstan in Hockey

December 26, 1997

HELSINKI, Finland (AP) _ Jeff Farkas scored twice and had two assists, helping the United States beat Kazakhstan 8-2 in the World Junior Hockey Championships Friday.

Brian Gionta scored the first two U.S. goals, on assists from Farkas, who made it 4-1 on a power play goal and 6-2 on a shorthanded goal in the third period.

Defending champion Canada lost its second straight game, 4-0 to Sweden, as goaltender Johan Holmqvist made 22 saves for the shutout.

In other games, Finland beat Germany 5-0 and Switzerland downed Slovakia 3-1.

Finland leads Group A with a 2-0 record. The Czech Republic is 1-0, Sweden 1-1, Germany 0-1 and Canada 0-2.

In Group B, Russia and Switzerland are 1-0, Team USA and Slovakia are 1-1 and Kazakhstan is 0-2.

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