Artyom Galimov and Nikolai Kovalenko scored and Russia beat the Czech Republic 2-1 on Friday night to improve to 2-0 in the world junior hockey championship.

Pyotr Kochetkov made 24 saves for Russia, allowing only Jachym Kondelik’s second period goal.

Tied with Canada for the Group A lead, Russia opened Thursday with a 4-0 victory over Denmark. The Czech Republic was coming off a 2-1 overtime victory over Switzerland on Wednesday.

In the late game in Victoria, the United States faced Kazakhstan in Group B.

The United States opened Wednesday night with a 2-1 victory over Slovakia. The Americans will play Sweden on Saturday night and complete round-robin play against Finland on Monday night.

Referee Peter Stano, right, blows the whistle after losing sight of the puck as Czech Republic's Jachym Kondelik (29) is stopped by Russia goalie Pyotr Kochetkov (20) during the third period of a world junior hockey championships game in Vancouver, British Columbia, Friday, Dec. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)
Referee Peter Stano, right, blows the whistle after losing sight of the puck as Czech Republic’s Jachym Kondelik (29) is stopped by Russia goalie Pyotr Kochetkov (20) during the third period of a world junior hockey championships game in Vancouver, British Columbia, Friday, Dec. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)
Russia's Artyom Galimov, left, and goalie Pyotr Kochetkov celebrate their win over the Czech Republic in IIHF world junior hockey championship game action in Vancouver, British Columbia, Friday, Dec. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)
Russia’s Artyom Galimov, left, and goalie Pyotr Kochetkov celebrate their win over the Czech Republic in IIHF world junior hockey championship game action in Vancouver, British Columbia, Friday, Dec. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)
Russia's Ivan Muranov (23) falls in front of Czech Republic's David Kvasnicka (7) during the second period of a world junior hockey championships game in Vancouver, British Columbia, Friday, Dec. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)
Russia’s Ivan Muranov (23) falls in front of Czech Republic’s David Kvasnicka (7) during the second period of a world junior hockey championships game in Vancouver, British Columbia, Friday, Dec. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)
Czech Republic's Martin Kaut (16) and Russia's Dmitri Samorukov (5) collide during third-period IIHF world junior hockey championship game action in Vancouver, British Columbia, Friday, Dec. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)
Czech Republic’s Martin Kaut (16) and Russia’s Dmitri Samorukov (5) collide during third-period IIHF world junior hockey championship game action in Vancouver, British Columbia, Friday, Dec. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)
Russia's Ivan Muranov, front, and Czech Republic's David Kvasnicka vie for the puck during the second period of a world junior hockey championships game in Vancouver, British Columbia, Friday, Dec. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)
Russia’s Ivan Muranov, front, and Czech Republic’s David Kvasnicka vie for the puck during the second period of a world junior hockey championships game in Vancouver, British Columbia, Friday, Dec. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)
Russia's Nikolai Kovalenko, left, scores against Czech Republic goalie Lukas Dostal during the second period of a world junior hockey championships game in Vancouver, British Columbia, Friday, Dec. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)
Russia’s Nikolai Kovalenko, left, scores against Czech Republic goalie Lukas Dostal during the second period of a world junior hockey championships game in Vancouver, British Columbia, Friday, Dec. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

Source: The Associated Press