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Dano scores two to lead Slovakia past Germany

by Adam Kimelman

Marko Dano scored two goals and added an assist as Slovakia beat Germany 9-2 in a Group A preliminary-round game Friday at Malmo Isstadion on Day 2 of the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Dano, taken by the Columbus Blue Jackets with the 27th pick of the 2013 NHL Draft, scored at 12:38 of the first period to give Slovakia a 2-0 lead, and again 1:57 into the second to make it 4-0.

Slovakia's top line dominated the offense. Captain Milan Kolena had two goals and an assist, Martin Reway, a 2013 fourth-round pick (No. 116) of the Montreal Canadiens, had a goal and three assists, as did David Griger. Goalie Richard Sabol stopped 19 of 21 shots.

"We got off to a really good start and just kept on going," Kolena told the IIHF website.

Dominik Kahun, a 2014 draft-eligible forward who plays for the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League, scored both goals for Germany, which dropped to 0-2 after its 7-2 loss to Canada on Thursday.

Germany goalie Marvin Cupper, who plays for the Shawinigan Cataractes of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, was pulled in the second after allowing six goals on 19 shots. He allowed seven goals on 30 shots in the loss to Canada. He was replaced by Patrick Klein, who allowed three goals on nine shots.

Kolena's power-play goal 3:33 into the game opened the scoring, and after Dano made it 2-0, David Griger's power-play goal made it 3-0 with 2:36 left in the first.

After Dano opened the second with his second goal to make it 4-0, Kahun got Germany on the board 41 seconds later. Goals by Kolena and Daniel Gachulinec midway through the second made it 6-1.

Kahun scored his second 5:56 into the third period, but Slovakia got goals 40 seconds apart from Reway and Mario Lunter to make it 8-2 midway through the third. Stanislav Horansky closed the scoring with a goal with 2:30 left in the third.

Slovakia next plays Saturday against the United States (7:30 a.m. ET, NHLN-US, Germany next plays Sunday, against the United States (9 a.m. ET, NHLN-US,

Finland 5, Norway 1 -- Saku Maenalanen had two goals and an assist as Finland opened play at the 2014 World Junior Championship with a victory in a Group B preliminary-round game at Malmo Arena.

Montreal Canadiens prospect Artturi Lehkonen had a goal and an assist, and Joni Nikko and Ville Leskinen also had goals. Juuse Saros, a Nashville Predators prospect, stopped 28 of 29 shots.

"It's good we got our first win," Finland captain Teuvo Teravainen told the IIHF website. "We didn't play our best but it's still a big win. [Saturday] against Sweden will be a big game."

Tim-Robin Johnsgard scored Norway's first goal of the tournament. They lost 11-0 to Russia on Thursday. Goalie Joachim Svendsen, who plays for Lorenskog in Norway's top professional league, made 43 saves.

"We played a little bit better [Friday], I think," Norway's Mattias Norstebo, a C-rated prospect on NHL Central Scouting's latest player to watch list for the for the 2014 NHL Draft, told the IIHF's website. "[Thursday] was a catastrophe, losing 11-0 to the Russians. [Friday] I think we stepped up a bit and started well. We kept it at 0-0 in the first period. But obviously we're not happy losing 5-1."

Lehkonen's power-play goal with 47 seconds left was the only goal of the first period. Then Maenalanen, a 2013 fifth-round pick of the Nashville Predators (No. 123) scored 2:53 into the second, and added another at 14:19 of the period to make it 3-0.

Nikko, a C-rated player by NHL Central Scouting, scored 59 seconds later to make it 4-0, and Leskinen scored 7:40 into the third to make it 5-0.

Johnsgard, who plays for a third-division team in Sweden, scored with 3:08 left in regulation.

Finland next plays Sweden on Saturday, while Norway is off until Sunday when it plays Sweden.


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