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World Junior Hockey Championship - Day 4

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

The 2015 World Junior Hockey Championship continued in Montreal and Toronto on Monday, with four Canadiens prospects hitting the ice on the fourth day of the annual tournament. Here’s a look at their respective performances:

U.S.A. 3 – Slovakia 0 – Bell Centre

Canadiens prospects involved:
Slovakia: Martin Reway, LW (Selected in the 4th round, 116th overall in 2013)

Slovakia suffered its second loss of the tournament in a 2-0 decision opposite the United States on Monday afternoon. Like his teammates, Slovakia captain Martin Reway was kept off the scoresheet against the Americans, but nevertheless finished his day a plus-1 with three shots on goal.

Slovakia plays its final preliminary round game on Tuesday against Germany.

Sweden 3 – Russia 2 – Air Canada Centre

Canadiens prospects involved:
Sweden: Jacob De La Rose, LW (Selected in the 2nd round, 34th overall in 2013)

Sweden overcame an early third period deficit on Monday afternoon to defeat Russia 3-2 in Toronto. Jacob De La Rose, who entered the game ranked as the tournament's second leading scorer, was held pointless, finishing the game with a minus-1 differential.

The Swedes now enjoy a day off before wrapping up their preliminary round play on December 31 against Switzerland.

Canada 4 – Finland 1 – Bell Centre

Canadiens prospects involved:
Canada: Zachary Fucale, G (Selected in the 2nd round, 36th overall in 2013)
Finland: Artturi Lehkonen, LW (Selected in the 2nd round, 55th overall in 2013)

Canada remains unbeaten after besting Finland 4-1 to wrap up Monday's action. After enjoying a night off against Germany on Saturday, Zachary Fucale was back in goal opposite Finland, stopping 27 of 28 shots, while Artturi Lehkonen's sole marker was Canada's first goal allowed of the tournament.

"It was bound to happen at some point. We made a couple of mistakes here and there, and I've got some things I need to work on. We'll adjust, look ahead, and prepare for the next game," admitted Fucale, who nevertheless picked up his second win in as many outings since the start of the tournament. "We were expecting a close game, and they were very competitive until the end. We executed our game plan well. We're very happy with our performance and now we're going to get ready for the United States."

Lehkonen's goal came near the end of the second period, sparking an inspired effort from the visitors in the final 20 minutes, before ultimately falling to the host nation.

"We got a lot of hope from that goal. We were really positive and we believed at that point that we could beat these guys," explained the Finnish captain. "But then a couple penalties made things pretty clinical for them, and we should have done the same while we were on the power play. When we don’t score on the power play, it’s really hard to win."

Both Canada and Finland wrap up their preliminary round play on Wednesday, taking on the United States and Germany at the Bell Centre, at 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. respectively.

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