Hockey

The Associated Press - Sunday Feb. 16, 2014 06:10 ET

Russia to start Semyon Varlamov in net against Slovakia

Goalie played in team's Olympic opener

Semyon Varlamov of Russia in men's hockey action
Semyon Varlamov played in Russia's Olympic opener, a 5-2 win over Slovenia. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Russia plans to give goaltender Semyon Varlamov another chance to play.

The team announced Varlamov will start Sunday against Slovakia, the final preliminary-round game for both teams.

Sergei Bobrovsky was in net for the Russians in a 3-2 shootout loss Saturday to the U.S.

Varlamov played in Russia's Sochi Games opener, a 5-2 victory over Slovenia. After that game, a reporter told Russian coach Zinetula Bilyaletdinov it would be "a death sentence" to play Varlamov against the Americans.

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