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PROSPECTS: Teply, Saarela Advance in World Juniors

Fourth-round duo advance to quarterfinals; Blackhawks trio take 2019 Spengler Cup

by Carter Baum @CarterBaum /

Blackhawks prospects Michal Teply and Antti Saarela are headed to the knockout round at the 2020 World Junior Championship.

Teply led the Czech Republic in scoring with five assists in four games played, including three in the tournament's opening game, as the hosts finished fourth in Group B with a 1-2-1 record. They will face Sweden on Thursday in the quarterfinal round at 1 p.m. CT.

Saarela and Team Finland finished third in Group A with a 2-1-1 record and will face the U.S. on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. CT in the quarterfinal round. Saarela didn't find the score sheet in four games played, but had seven shots and averaged just over 15 minutes of ice time per game. 


In other international competition news, Blackhawks prospect Ian Mitchell, 2012 draft pick and Rockford IceHogs goalie Matt Tompkins, and former Hawk Kris Versteeg took home the Spengler Cup title with Team Canada on Tuesday morning in Davos, Switzerland. It was the fourth time in the last five years the Canadians have captured the title in the six-team tournament. 

Mitchel had a goal and two assists in four games and Versteeg had three goals and two assists, while Tompkins picked up a 22-save victory in the lone game he played. 

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