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World Junior Hockey Championship - Quarterfinals

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

All four Canadiens prospects were in quarterfinal action on Friday, representing their respective nations at the Bell Centre in Montreal and the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. Here’s a look at their performances:


Sweden 6 – Finland 3 – Air Canada Centre

Canadiens prospects involved:
Sweden: Jacob De La Rose, LW (Selected in the 2nd round, 34th overall in 2013)
Finland: Artturi Lehkonen, LW (Selected in the 2nd round, 55th overall in 2013)

Sweden defeated Finland 6-3 on Friday to oust the defending champions in this year's quarterfinal round.

Despite the offensive outing, Habs prospects Jacob De La Rose and Artturi Lehkonen were held off the scoresheet in Toronto, finishing the game with one and three shots on goal, respectively. The Finnish captain, for his part, also finished the night with a minus-one differential.

The Swedes now face Russia during Sunday's semifinal round.

Credit: Richard Wolowicz/HHOF-IIHF Images

Slovakia 3 – Czech Republic 0 – Bell Centre

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

Slovakia surprised the Czech Republic 3-0 on the strength of goaltender Denis Godla's 34-save performance during the tournament's final game in Montreal.

Slovakian captain and Canadiens prospect Martin Reway was proud of his team's performance heading into the semifinal round.

"For a small country like Slovakia, this win means a lot. Our goalie was incredible, the entire team played well, and it's a huge win for us," explained the 19-year-old forward who scored a late empty-net goal, bringing his tournament totals to four goals and a pair of assists.

Teammate Michal Kabac's marker late in the first would turn out to be the game-winner.

Slovakia now faces Canada on Sunday for a spot in the final.

Canada 8 – Denmark 0 – Air Canada Centre

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

Zachary Fucale went largely untested on Friday night as Canada beat Denmark 8-0 in the tournament's fourth quarterfinal game to set up a semifinal date with Slovakia on Sunday. Having allowed just one goal -- notably to fellow Canadiens prospect Arrturi Lehkonen -- in three outings so far, Fucale had to make just 14 saves to secure his second shutout of the tournament, boosting his 2015 WJC save percentage to 0.981 and improving his goals against average to 0.333.

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