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Slovaks open 2-0 lead over Canada

by Mike G. Morreale

After taking Russia to the limit in its opening game of the 2013 World Junior Championship, the Slovak National Junior Team has duplicated that effort in 20 minutes of work against favored Canada on Friday at Ufa Arena in Russia.

Top 2013 draft-eligible prospect Marco Dano has produced a goal and one assist and goalie Adam Nagy has made five saves to give Slovakia a 2-0 lead over the Canadians. Canada entered the game with an all-time 7-0-1 mark against Slovakia in the WJC.

Dano opened the scoring when he jammed home a shot past goalie Malcolm Subban from in the crease 2:53 into the first. Dano fought off a check from Brett Ritchie in the slot before receiving a pass from Matus Matis and sliding home his first goal of the tournament.

The Slovaks, who outshot Canada, 11-5, in the first, are coming off a 3-2 overtime loss to Russia on Wednesday.

Slovakia opened a 2-0 lead 15:28 into the first on a power-play goal by Tomas Mikus. Canada's J.C. Lipon was whistled for a major penalty for checking to the head of Slovakia's Tomas Mikus, in addition to being given a game misconduct at 13:39. Just 1:49 into the advantage, Martin Reway curled the Canadian net and found Mikus alone in the left circle. Mikus gathered the puck and ripped a shot top shelf over the blocker of Subban.

Slovakian goalie Nagy needed only five saves as the trapping Slovaks kept Canada at bay throughout the period. Nagy was also the beneficiary of a blocked shot from forward Michal Uhrik during a Canadian power-play five minutes into the period.

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