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World Championship: Spezza Leads Canada Over Austria

by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

Jason Spezza’s four-point game helped Canada wrap up preliminary play with a 10-1 rout of Austria Tuesday at the World Championship in Czech Republic. Canada, which won all seven of its preliminary round games, will face Belarus in the quarterfinals on Thursday.

Spezza put home a Matt Duchene centering pass early in the second period to give Canada a 5-0 lead. Early in the third – just 12 seconds after Nathan MacKinnon scored to put Canada up 7-1 – a Spezza pass for MacKinnon hit an Austrian defender and went into the net to make it an 8-1 game.

Spezza finished the preliminary round with 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in seven games. He is tied for first in points at the tournament.

Tyler Seguin had no points and three shots on goal Tuesday. He has five goals in seven games. Cody Eakin had no points and two shots. He has four points (three goals, one assist) in seven games.

Finland tops Russia

Finland defeated Russia, 3-2, in a shootout Tuesday to take second place in Group B. Finland will take on Czech Republic in the quarterfinals on Thursday. The Finns overcame 1-0 and 2-1 deficits to get the game to extra playing time.

Neither Esa Lindell nor Jyrki Jokipakka factored in the scoring. Lindell led Finland with 20:55 of ice time Tuesday. He has registered six points (one goal, five assists) in seven games and is tied for fourth among defensemen in scoring at the tournament. Jokipakka played 10:02 Tuesday. He has scored two goals in seven games.

Russia will face Sweden in Thursday’s quarterfinals.

USA wins in OT to win Group B

Jack Eichel scored in overtime to lift the United States to a 5-4 win over Slovakia. The USA, which secured the top spot in Group B with the victory, will face Switzerland in the quarterfinals on Thursday.

The USA blew a 3-0 lead in the game and fell behind 4-3 before Charlie Coyle scored to tie the game late in the second period.

Stars goaltending prospect Jack Campbell was the backup goaltender for the USA, which won six of seven games in the preliminary round.

France tops Latvia, avoids relegation

France defeated Latvia, 3-2, in a shootout to avoid relegation at the World Championship. France, which needed a win to stay in the elite division, rallied from a 2-0 deficit to force extra playing time.

Stars forward Antoine Roussel did not factor in the scoring in Tuesday’s game. He finished the tournament with two assists and a tournament-high 34 penalty minutes in seven games.

Tuesday’s results

Canada 10, Austria 1

Belarus 3, Norway 2

France 3, Latvia 2 (SO)

USA 5, Slovakia 4 (OT)

Finland 3, Russia 2 (SO)

Czech Republic 2, Switzerland 1 (SO)

Thursday’s quarterfinals

USA vs. Switzerland, 8:15 a.m.

Canada vs. Belarus, 9:15 a.m.

Sweden vs. Russia, 12:15 p.m.

Finland vs. Czech Republic, 1:15 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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