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Saku Maenalanen scores twice, Finland beats Norway 5-1 in world juniors

Friday, 12.27.2013 / 4:44 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Saku Maenalanen scores twice, Finland beats Norway 5-1 in world juniors

MALMO, Sweden - Saku Maenalanen had two goals and an assist to help Finland beat Norway 5-1 on Friday in the world junior hockey tournament.

Artturi Lehkonen, Joni Nikko and Ville Leskinen also scored, and Juuse Saros made 28 saves for Finland in its Group B opener. Tim Robin Johnsgard scored for Norway (0-2).

In Group A, Milan Kolena and Marko Dano each had two goals and an assist in Slovakia's 9-2 victory over Germany. Martin Reway and David Griger each had a goal and three assists, and Mario Lunter, Daniel Gachulinec and Stanislav Horansky also scored for Slovakia (1-0).

Dominik Kahun scored twice for Germany (0-2).

The defending champion United States began Group A play Thursday with a 5-1 victory over the Czech Republic. The U.S. will play Slovakia on Saturday, Germany on Sunday, and finish group play Tuesday against Canada.

Canada also won its opener Thursday, beating Germany 7-2.

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