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Paulovic, Slovakia Advance to Semifinals at World Juniors

by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

Dallas Stars prospect Matej Paulovic will be moving onto the semifinals at the World Junior Championship. But Stars prospects Julius Honka and Aleksi Makela are done at the tournament.

Paulovic and Slovakia knocked off Czech Republic, 3-0, in the quarterfinals Friday afternoon to advance to Sunday’s semifinal round where they will take on Canada, which defeated Denmark, 8-0.

Michal Kabac’s goal with 1:10 left in the first period was the only goal Slovakia would need in the game. Goaltender Denis Godla stopped all 34 shots he faced for the shutout.

Paulovic played on Slovakia’s fourth line. He had no points, two shots, an even rating and won two of three faceoffs.

Honka and Makela’s tournament came to an end with Finland’s 6-3 loss to Sweden in the quarterfinals on Friday. Sweden scored three times on the power play, including twice on five-on-three advantages in the game. The Swede’s scored the game-winner on a five-on-three power play, taking a 4-3 lead early in the third period. Finland was 0-5 on the power play in Friday’s game and 0-21 in five games at the tournament.

Honka had an assist Friday, giving him one goal and one assist in five tournament games. Makela had no points Friday. He had one assist and a plus-three rating in five games.

Sweden will play Russia in Sunday’s other semifinal game. Russia defeated the United States, 3-2, Friday.

Friday’s quarterfinals

Russia 3, USA 2
Sweden 6, Finland 3
Slovakia 3, Czech Republic 0
Canada 8, Denmark 0

Sunday’s semifinals

Russia vs. Sweden
Slovakia vs. Canada

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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