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World Juniors: Hintz, Finland top Canada, advance to semifinals

by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

Stars forward prospect Roope Hintz and Finland are headed to the semifinals at the 2016 World Junior Championship in Helsinki. Finland topped Canada, 6-5, in a wild quarterfinal round game Saturday.

Patrik Laine’s goal with the Finns on a five-on-three power play at 14:10 of the third period snapped a 5-5 tie and knocked Canada out of the medal contention.

Hintz centered Finland’s third line and had no points, one shot on goal and won 4 of 11 faceoffs. Hintz, Dallas second-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, has three points (two goals, one assist) in five games so far at the tournament.

Finland will play Sweden in the semifinals on Monday. Sweden defeated Slovakia, 6-0, on Saturday to advance to the final four at the tournament.

Monday’s other semifinal game will feature the United States vs. Russia. Team USA defeated Czech Republic, 7-0, behind a hat trick from Auston Matthews, who is expected to go first overall in the 2016 NHL Draft. Russia rallied to defeat Denmark, 4-3, in overtime.

Saturday’s quarterfinals

Russia 4, Denmark 3 (OT)

Sweden 6, Slovakia 0

Finland 6, Canada 5

USA 7, Czech Republic 0

Monday’s semifinals

Finland vs. Sweden

USA vs. Russia

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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