After losing their first game in the tournament, Russia has secured a pair of wins at the World Junior Championship.
Russia had a strong offensive attack in a 5-2 win over Belarus in a Pool B preliminary round game in front of 1,841 in HarborCenter Friday afternoon. It was the only game on the World Juniors schedule in addition to the outdoor game between the U.S. and Canada at New Era Field.
Russia built a 3-0 lead. Alexei Polodyan and German Rubtsov scored in the first period while Klim Kostin scored in the second.
Dmitri Dery got Belarus on the board in the third. Russia responded with a pair of goals, one from Artur Kayumou and another from Kostin.
Kostin has three goals and three assists this tournament. He was a first-round (31st overall) pick by the St. Louis Blues in 2017 and is currently playing with the San Antonio Rampage in the American Hockey League.
Sergei Pishak scored for Belarus, but the team now has three losses and looks headed toward the relegation round.
Russia lost their opener, 5-4, to the Czech Republic but rebounded with a 5-2 win over Switzerland. Russia, which last won the gold medal when the World Juniors were in Buffalo in 2011, has won a medal at each tournament since. They won the bronze last year.
Russia concludes the preliminary round on Sunday with an 8 p.m. matchup against Sweden in KeyBank Center, the last scheduled preliminary game of the tournament.
Belarus plays the Czech Republic at noon on Saturday in HarborCenter.