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Ukraine 4, U.S. 3

December 28, 1995

BOSTON (AP) _ After dropping two games in two days at the World Junior Hockey Championships, the United States can look to better things _ a day off.

The Americans lost 4-3 to Ukraine on Wednesday night at Northeastern University, one night after falling 6-1 to three-time defending champion Canada.

``We made a few mistakes and had a couple of tough shifts and they capitalized,″ U.S. coach Jack Parker said after the latest setback. ``I felt we played pretty hard tonight and it will be good to have a day off tomorrow.″

The mistakes started 1:01 into the game, with Eric Rasmussen called for hooking. Ukraine’s Andrei Bakunenko scored 37 seconds later.

Americans Jeremiah McCarthy and Mike Sylvia scored the next goals in the first period, but Ukraine tied it on Andil Didkovski’s goal early in the middle period and went ahead 3-2 lead on Nikolai Yaprintsev’s goal 13:53 into the second.

Bryan Berard, the first overall pick by Ottawa in last summer’s draft, made it 3-3 on an unassisted goal at 4:42 of the third. But Alex Zinevitch scored the winner against U.S. goalie Marc Magliarditi at 6:05.

Ukrainian goalie Igor Karpenko finished with 29 saves and Magliarditi made 28.

Also Wednesday, Canada defeated Switzerland 2-1, the Czech Republic beat Germany 6-3 and Russia and Slovakia tied 3-3.

Canada was led by goaltender Marc Denis, who stopped 35 shots.

``I think they played well enough to win,″ Canadian coach Marcelle Comeau said of Switzerland. ``If not for Denis they could have. We dodged a bullet.″

Jamie Wright put Canada on top 1-0 midway through the second period, but Switzerland’s Laurent Muller tied it at 9:11 of the third. Two minutes and 22 seconds later, Canada’s Christian Dube tipped in the winner off goalie Paolo Della Bella’s skate.

``I was lucky,″ Dube said. ``I’ll take the goal. It was a big goal for us.″

The Czech Republic earned its second win behind Michal Bros’ two goals and an assist. The Czechs lead Pool B, with favorite Russia struggling to an 0-1-1 start after tying Slovakia.

Russia, which upset by the Czechs 5-3 a day earlier, led for much of the first period with Andrei Petrakov and Dimitri Nabokov sandwiching goals around Slovakia’s Radovan Somik’s score. The momentum shifted in the middle period, with Slovakia evening the score at 3-3.