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Worlds: Day 12 Recap

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Canada will face Belarus in the quarterfinal of the IIHF World Hockey Championship after closing out the round robin Tuesday with
a 10-1 rout of Austria.

The 7-0 Canadians finish the preliminary round with a perfect record for the first time since 2008.

Matt Duchene (Colorado Avalanche) and Jason Spezza (Dallas Stars) each scored twice for the Canadians. Goaltender Mike Smith (Arizona Coyotes) turned aside 10 shots.

Tyson Barrie (Colorado Avalanche) opened the scoring for Canada at the 6:04 mark of the first period. Duchene’s third goal of the tournament at 9:09 proved to be the game-winner as Canada led 4-0 after 20 minutes on goals from Taylor Hall (Edmonton Oilers) and Aaron Ekblad (Florida Panthers).

Spezza and Jordan Eberle (Edmonton Oilers) scored in the second to boost the score to 6-0.

In the third, Dominique Heinrich beat Smith with a long shot from the right wing for Austria's only goal of the game. Canada responded just nine seconds later with three quick goals from Nathan MacKinnon (Colorado Avalanche), Spezza and Brayden Schenn (Philadelphia Flyers).

Duchene's second of the game at 14:42 of the third closed out the scoring, giving him four points for the day to lead all Canadians in scoring with four goals and seven assists through the round robin.

Captain Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins) was rested for the medal round, which begins with the quarter-finals on Thursday.

"They're a skilled team, a team that's dangerous," Hall said of Belarus. "They showed that through the tournament."

Canada is looking for its 25th title but last won in 2007 and has been waiting for a medal since taking home silver in 2009.

Meantime, Alexei Kalyuzhny, Dmitri Korobov and Andrei Kostitsyn all scored power-play goals to help Belarus reach the quarter-finals for the second straight year with a 3-2 win over Norway

"We were looking good at 3-0 but Norway are a good team and they came back hard," Belarus forward Andrei Stepanov said. "It was hard at the end."

-- The Canadian Press

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Jack Eichel scored 4:32 into overtime, lifting the United States to a 5-4 win over Slovakia to clinch first place in Group B.

The Slovaks rallied from a 3-0 deficit to take a 4-3 lead before Charlie Coyle (Minnesota Wild) scored late in the second period, ultimately forcing overtime. Ben Smith (Chicago Blackhawks), Seth Jones (Nashville Predators) and Anders Lee (New York Islanders) had the others for the US, while Marian Gaborik (Los Angeles Kings), Adam Janosik, Vladimir Dravecky and Milan Bartovic tallied for Slovakia. 

Shots on goal favoured the US 34-25.

Jets prospect Connor Hellebuyck turned aside 21 shots in the win to remain undefeated (5-0-0). The 21-year-old finished the preliminary round with a 1.38 goals-against average and a .942 save percentage.

The US (6-1-0) will now face Switzerland in quarterfinal play beginning Thursday (time TBD) in Ostrava, Czech Republic.

-- Ryan Dittrick,

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Ondrej Pavelec made 26 saves in regulation and overtime before stopping another two in the shootout, leading the Czech Republic to a 2-1 win over Switzerland at O2 Arena.

Pavelec finishes with a 5-1-0 record, a 1.58 goals-against average and a .921 save percentage in six appearances in the preliminary round.

The Czechs will now face Finland in one of Thursday's quarterfinals in Prague.

Martin Zatovic tied the game 1-1 at 10:44 of the third period before Jake Voracek (Philadelphia Flyers) and Michal Vondrka tallied in the shootout. Kevin Fiala scored the lone goal for

-- Ryan Dittrick,

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