CINCINNATI, DEC. 12 -- Viatcheslav Lavrov and Sergey Tepliakov scored 18 seconds apart in the third period tonight to lead the Soviet Selects to a 6-4 exhibition hockey victory over Team USA.
The quick scores enabled the Soviets to even their record at 1-1 in the eight-game exhibition against the Americans, which continues Sunday in Uniondale, N.Y.
Team USA, the nucleus of the United States' team for the Winter Olympics in Calgary, is 23-13-4 in its 59-game exhibition schedule against international, collegiate and professional competition. The Soviet Selects are a team secondary to the Soviet national team.
Craig Janney's deflected shot put Team USA ahead, 1-0, in the first period, in which both teams wasted opportunities.
Mike Richter also made eight first-period saves for Team USA, but was outmaneuvered on two goals at the start of the second period.
Sergey Lapshin slipped the puck between Richter's legs for the tying goal 23 seconds into the second period. Just 1:26 later, Mikhail Vasiljev faked Richter to his knees and slipped the puck between his skate and the post for a 2-1 lead.
The Soviets took control when Lavrov slapped a pass behind an out-of-position Richter with 16:08 to play. Tepliakov found the corner of the net 18 seconds later for a 4-2 lead.
Allen Bourbeau's goal got Team USA within one with 13:18 to play, but a pair of open-net goals by the Soviets in the last two minutes put the game away.