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Canada squeaks past Switzerland in shootout at world juniors

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HELSINKI (AP) Matt Barzal scored the shootout winner to lift Canada to a 3-2 win over Switzerland on Tuesday in the world junior hockey championship.

Brayden Point also scored in the shootout for the Canadians. Both Swiss shooters were stopped by Mackenzie Blackwood.

Dylan Strome and Joe Hicketts scored in regulation for Canada. Damian Riat and Dario Meyer scored for Switzerland.

Blackwood, who made 23 saves in his world juniors debut, sat out Canada's first two games as he completed an eight-game suspension from the Ontario Hockey League.

Joren van Pottelberghe stopped 32 shots for the Swiss.

In another game on Tuesday, Alexander Polunin scored two goals to help Russia to a 4-1 victory over Belarus.

The U.S. will face Switzerland on Wednesday and Denmark on Thursday.