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Latvia loses opening relegation round match to Slovakia at U-20 Ice Hockey World

Photo: Evija Trifanova/LETA.
 UFA (Russia), Jan 3 - On Thursday, the Latvian under-20 (U-20) men's ice hockey team lost to Slovakia 3:5 in the opening Relegation Round match at this year's U-20 World Ice Hockey Championships.
With the win, Slovakia has ensured its place in the Elite Division next year, while Latvia will play Germany on Friday in the decisive Relegation Round match. The loser of the Latvia-Germany match will be relegated to Division 1 next year.
Karlis Ozolins, Nikita Jevpalovs and Edgars Kulda scored the goals for Latvia in today's match against Slovakia.
Latvia must finish in at least ninth place to retain its place in the top division next year.
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