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Paulovic, Slovakia Secure Playoff Berth at World Juniors

by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

Stars prospect Matej Paulovic and Slovakia are headed to the quarterfinals at the World Junior Championship. Slovakia defeated Germany, 5-2, Tuesday night in Montreal to clinch third place in Group A at the tournament.

Martin Reway registered a hat trick for the Slovaks, who jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first period and held off Germany the rest of the way.

Paulovic, who had been playing on Slovakia’s top line, was on the fourth line for Tuesday’s game. He had no points, one shot, an even rating and won three of six faceoffs.

Slovakia’s opponent in the quarterfinal round is still to be determined.

Honka practices, probable for Wednesday

Stars defense prospect Julius Honka, who took a puck off the knee in Finland’s 4-1 loss to Canada on Monday, practiced on Tuesday. It appears Honka will play Wednesday when Finland takes on Germany in the final preliminary round game for both teams. Finland, the defending champion, needs a win to advance to the playoff round of the tournament.

Wednesday also features the showdown between the USA and Canada, which will be vying for the top spot in Group A.

Tuesday’s games

Denmark 4, Switzerland 3 (SO)
Slovakia 5, Germany 2

Wednesday’s games (Times are Central)

Switzerland vs. Sweden, Noon
Canada vs. United States, 3 p.m.
Russia vs. Czech Republic, 4 p.m.
Germany vs. Finland, 7 p.m.

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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