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Lindell, Finland Advance to Semifinals at World Juniors

by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

Stars defense prospect Esa Lindell and Finland advanced to the semifinals at the World Junior Championship, defeating Stars prospect Radek Faksa and Czech Republic, 5-3, in Malmo, Sweden Thursday.

Finland rallied from a 3-1 deficit, scoring four unanswered goals over the final 21:55 of the game to eliminate the Czechs from the tournament.

Lindell had one assist in the game, picking up a secondary helper on the first goal of the game that gave Finland a 1-0 lead. Faksa scored from the slot in the second period to give the Czechs a 3-1 lead.

Faksa ended the tournament with one goal in five games. Lindell has four points (one goal, three assists) in five games. Finland will play Canada in the semifinals on Saturday. Sweden will meet Russian in the other semifinals match.

In Thursday’s other quarterfinals games, Canada defeated Switzerland, 4-1. New York Islanders prospect Griffin Reinhart had one goal and one assist for the Canadians.

Russia defeated the United States, 5-3. Buffalo’s Nikita Zadorov scored two five-on-three power play goals for Russia.

Sweden defeated Slovakia, 6-0. Nashville’s Filip Forsberg and Carolina’s Elias Lindholm both registered four points for Sweden.

Thursday’s quarterfinals results

Russia 5, United States 3
Finland 5, Czech Republic 3
Canada 4, Switzerland 1
Sweden 6, Slovakia 0

Saturday’s semifinals games

Sweden vs. Russia, 8 a.m. (NHL Network-US)
Canada vs. Finland, Noon (NHL Network-US)

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Hockey League or Dallas Stars Hockey Club. Mark Stepneski is an independent writer whose posts on reflect his own opinions and do not represent official statements from the Dallas Stars. You can follow Mark on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge.

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