Kirill Slepets broke a tie short-handed early in the third period and Russia added three more goals to beat Switzerland 7-4 on Sunday night in the world junior hockey championship.

Russia kept pace with Canada at 3-0 in round-robin play, setting up a showdown Monday night against the defending champion Canadians for the Group A title.

Alexander Alexeyev, Pavel Shen and Vitali Kravtsov added goals for Russia in the third period. Kirill Marchenko, Dmitri Samorukov and Grigori Denisenko also scored for Russia, and Danil Tarasov stopped two penalty shots.

Marco Lehmann scored twice for Switzerland, and Valentin Nussbaumer and Yannick Bruschweiler added goals. The Swiss have earned a spot in the quarterfinals.

In Group B in Victoria, Slovakia faced Kazakhstan in a late game.

Switzerland's Yannick Bruschweiler, from left, David Aebischer and Valentin Nussbaumer celebrate Bruschweiler's goal against Russia during the third period of a world junior hockey championships game in Vancouver, British Columbia, Sunday, Dec. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)
Switzerland’s Yannick Bruschweiler, from left, David Aebischer and Valentin Nussbaumer celebrate Bruschweiler’s goal against Russia during the third period of a world junior hockey championships game in Vancouver, British Columbia, Sunday, Dec. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)
Russia goalie Danil Tarasov, from left, Saveli Olshanski, Switzerland's Yannick Bruschweiler and Russia's Pavel Shen watch the puck after Bruschweiler was checked to the ice during the third period of a world junior hockey championships game in Vancouver, British Columbia, Sunday, Dec. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)
Russia goalie Danil Tarasov, from left, Saveli Olshanski, Switzerland’s Yannick Bruschweiler and Russia’s Pavel Shen watch the puck after Bruschweiler was checked to the ice during the third period of a world junior hockey championships game in Vancouver, British Columbia, Sunday, Dec. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)
Russia's Pavel Shen, center, and Stepan Starkov, right, celebrate Shen's goal as Switzerland's Yannick Bruschweiler, left, watches during the third period of a world junior hockey championships game in Vancouver, British Columbia, Sunday, Dec. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)
Russia’s Pavel Shen, center, and Stepan Starkov, right, celebrate Shen’s goal as Switzerland’s Yannick Bruschweiler, left, watches during the third period of a world junior hockey championships game in Vancouver, British Columbia, Sunday, Dec. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)
Russia goalie Danil Tarasov, left, and Artyom Galimov celebrate after Russia defeated Switzerland after a world junior hockey championships game in Vancouver, British Columbia, Sunday, Dec. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)
Russia goalie Danil Tarasov, left, and Artyom Galimov celebrate after Russia defeated Switzerland after a world junior hockey championships game in Vancouver, British Columbia, Sunday, Dec. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)
Russia goalie Danil Tarasov, back, stops Switzerland's Marco Lehmann on the first of two penalty shots awarded on the same play vie for the puck during the second period of a world junior hockey championships game in Vancouver, British Columbia, Sunday, Dec. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)
Russia goalie Danil Tarasov, back, stops Switzerland’s Marco Lehmann on the first of two penalty shots awarded on the same play vie for the puck during the second period of a world junior hockey championships game in Vancouver, British Columbia, Sunday, Dec. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)
Switzerland goalie Akira Schmid, left, is checked by Russia's Artyom Galimov vie for the puck during the second period of a world junior hockey championships game in Vancouver, British Columbia, Sunday, Dec. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)
Switzerland goalie Akira Schmid, left, is checked by Russia’s Artyom Galimov vie for the puck during the second period of a world junior hockey championships game in Vancouver, British Columbia, Sunday, Dec. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)
Russia's Grigori Denisenko, front left, celebrates his goal against Switzerland goalie Akira Schmid vie for the puck during the second period of a world junior hockey championships game in Vancouver, British Columbia, Sunday, Dec. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)
Russia’s Grigori Denisenko, front left, celebrates his goal against Switzerland goalie Akira Schmid vie for the puck during the second period of a world junior hockey championships game in Vancouver, British Columbia, Sunday, Dec. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)
Russia's Vasili Podkolzin, from left to right, Vitali Kravtsov, Grigori Denisenko, Klim Kostin and Dmitri Samorukov celebrate Denisenko's goal against Switzerland vie for the puck during the second period of a world junior hockey championships game in Vancouver, British Columbia, Sunday, Dec. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)
Russia’s Vasili Podkolzin, from left to right, Vitali Kravtsov, Grigori Denisenko, Klim Kostin and Dmitri Samorukov celebrate Denisenko’s goal against Switzerland vie for the puck during the second period of a world junior hockey championships game in Vancouver, British Columbia, Sunday, Dec. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)
Switzerland's Marco Lehmann, left, is tripped by Russia's Dmitri Samorukov, not seen, a second time on a breakaway in front of Russia goalie Danil Tarasov resulting in two penalty shots on the same play vie for the puck during the first period of a world junior hockey championships game in Vancouver, British Columbia, Sunday, Dec. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)
Switzerland’s Marco Lehmann, left, is tripped by Russia’s Dmitri Samorukov, not seen, a second time on a breakaway in front of Russia goalie Danil Tarasov resulting in two penalty shots on the same play vie for the puck during the first period of a world junior hockey championships game in Vancouver, British Columbia, Sunday, Dec. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

Source: The Associated Press

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