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World Championship: Faksa, Czech Republic fall to Canada in semifinals

Stars center will look to take home bronze medal in Sunday's finale against Russia

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Stars center Radek Faksa and the Czech Republic will play for the bronze medal at the 2019 IIHF World Championship in Slovakia.

The Czechs fell, 5-1, to Canada in the semifinals Saturday and will take on Russia Sunday for third place at the tournament.

Vegas' Mark Stone tallied one goal and one assist and Pittsburgh's Matt Murray stopped 40 shots for Canada, which will play for the gold medal Sunday against Finland, a 1-0 winner over Russia in Saturday's other semifinal.


[RELATED: Complete coverage of the 2019 IIHF World Championship]


Faksa had no points, four shots on goal and a minus-2 rating in 14:25 of ice time in Saturday's game. Faksa, who centered the Czech's second line with Tampa Bay's Ondrej Palat and Washington's Dmitrij Jaskin on his wings, won 13 of 17 faceoffs.

The Stars center has four points (one goal, three assists) and an even rating in six games. He ranks 10th at the tournament in faceoff percentage at 62.1 (59 of 95).

In the second semifinal, Marko Anttila scored the game's lone goal midway through the third period, and Kevin Lankinen stopped 32 shots as the Finns handed the Russians their first loss at the tournament.


Saturday's semifinals

Finland 1, Russia 0
Canada 5, Czech Republic 1


Sunday's medal games

Bronze: Russia vs. Czech Republic, 8:45 a.m.
Gold: Canada vs. Finland, 1:15 p.m.

The 2019 IIHF World Championship in Slovakia is a showcase for NHL players of the present, past and future who are not involved in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The 16-nation tournament began May 10 and runs through May 26. For complete coverage, click here.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Hockey League or Dallas Stars Hockey Club.

Mark Stepneski has covered the Stars for since 2012. Follow him on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge.

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