Kazakhstan holds on at world juniors with relegation win over Germany

Germany's Tim Stutzle skates during first period action against Canada at the World Junior Hockey Championships on Monday, December 30, 2019 in Ostrava, Czech Republic. (Ryan Remiorz/CP)

OSTRAVA, Czech Republic — Stanislav Alexandrov scored twice, Vladislav Nurek stopped 43 shots and Kazakhstan beat Germany 4-1 on Saturday to force a third relegation game at the world junior hockey championship.

Oleg Boiko and Denis Chaporov also scored for Kazakhstan, which won its first game of the tournament. Team scoring-leader Maxim Musorov tacked on two assists.

Luis Schinko scored the lone goal for Germany, which opened the best-of-three relegation round with a 4-0 win on Thursday.

German goaltender Hendrik Hane made 18 saves.

The teams meet again for the deciding game Sunday.

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