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World Juniors/Prospect Update: Hintz, Finland to play Russia for gold

by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

Stars prospect Roope Hintz and Finland are heading to the gold medal game at the 2016 World Junior Championship in Helsinki. Hintz scored the game-tying goal as Finland rallied for a 2-1 victory over arch-rival Sweden Monday in the semifinals.

Finland will play Russia in the gold medal game Tuesday.

Sweden led 1-0 after one period, but Finland tied it at 11:08 of the second when Mikko Rantanen set up Hintz, who scored from close range to make it a 1-1 game. Antti Kalapudas scored on the power play 1:56 later and the Finns had a 2-1 lead they would hold the rest of the game.

Hintz, Dallas’ second round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, centered Finland’s third line. He had five shots on goal, a plus-one rating and won two of eight faceoffs. He has four points (three goals, one assist) in six games at the tournament.

Russia advanced to the gold medal game with a 2-1 win over the USA in Monday’s second game. Sonny Milano put the USA up 1-0 in the first period, but Russia scored twice in the second period and goaltender Ilya Samsonov, who made 26 saves, made the lead stand up for Russia.

The USA and Sweden will play for the bronze medal on Tuesday.

Prospect update

Here’s an update on other Dallas prospects playing in juniors, the European leagues and college.

*LW Brett Pollock (second round/2014) has six points (three goals, three assists) in four games since the WHL returned from its holiday break. Pollock has points in six straight games (five goals, five assists). He leads Edmonton in scoring with 43 points (16 goals, 27 assists) in 40 games.

*D Patrick Sanvido (seventh round/2014) has registered one assist and a plus-four rating in four games for Windsor since the break. He has six points (one goal, five assists) and a plus-14 rating in 19 games.

*D Alex Peters (third round/2014) registered one assist in three games for Flint, giving him seven points (one goal, six assists) in 26 games).

*D Chris Martenet (fourth round/2015) had no points in three games for London. He has seven assists and a plus-26 rating in 36 games. He is tied for fifth in the OHL in plus/minus rating.

*D Aaron Haydon (sixth round/2014) had no points in three games for Niagara. Haydon has four points (one goal, three assists) in 34 games.

*G Brent Moran (fourth round/2014) went 0-2-1 in three appearances for Flint. Moran is 9-11-2 with a 3.34 goals-against average and .891 save percentage with both Niagara and Flint this season.

*D Joseph Cecconi (fifth round/2015) registered an assist in Michigan’s 3-2 win over Northern Michigan on Tuesday. Cecconi, a freshman, has five assists in 17 games.

*D Michael Prapavessis (fourth round/2014) did not pick up any points in one game for RPI over the past week. Prapavessis, a sophomore, has ten points (one goal, nine assists) in 20 games. He is tied for seventh among ECAC defensemen in scoring.

*RW Denis Gurianov (first round/2015) returned to his KHL team after being cut from Russia’s World Junior team and scored his fourth goal of the season in Lada Togliatti’s 5-1 loss to Vladivostok on Tuesday. Gurianov, who has scored goals in two of his past three KHL games, has five points (four goals, one assist) in 33 games.

*G Markus Ruusu (sixth round/2015) won one of two starts over the past week for JYP-Akatemia in Finland’s second highest league, stopping 47 of 51 shots. Ruusu is 2-6-0 with a 3.27 goals-against average and .895 save percentage with JYP-Akatemia, which is in 11th place in the 12-team league.

*D Aleksi Makela (seventh round/2013) had no points in one game for Ilves in Finland’s top league. He has one assist in 21 games.

*D Troy Vance (fifth round/2011) had no points in two games for Assat in Finland’s top league. Vance has 11 assists in 34 games and ranks fifth in the league in ice time at 23:42 per game.

*G Henri Kiviaho (fifth round/2012) made two appearances with Ilves in Finland’s top league, going 0-2-0 and stopping 30 of 33 shots. Kiviaho is 0-5-0 with a 2.40 goals-against average and .914 save percentage.

*D Miro Karjalainen (fifth round/2014) did not play over the past week since Finnish junior hockey is still on a break.

*D Niklas Hansson (third round/2013) did not register any points in three games in Sweden’s top league. Hansson has 14 points (four goals, ten assists) in 22 games.

*D John Nyberg (sixth round/2014) had no points in two games in Sweden’s second highest league. He has six points (one goal, five assists) in 35 games.

Russia Position Team GP Goals Assists Points +/- PIM
Denis Gurianov RW Lada Togliatti (KHL) 33 4 1 5 -7 2
Finland Position Team GP Goals Assists Points +/- PIM
Roope Hintz RW HIFK (Liiga) 14 1 5 6 0 0
Miro Karjalainen RW HIFK (Jr.) 14 1 5 6 +3 76
HIFK (Liiga) 2 0 0 0 0 0
Aleksi Makela D Ilves (Liiga) 21 0 1 1 -4 10
Leki (Finland-2) 6 0 2 2 +2 6
Troy Vance D Assat (Liiga) 34 0 11 11 -2 26
Sweden Position Team GP Goals Assists Points +/- PIM
Niklas Hansson D HV 71 (SHL) 22 4 10 14 -2 10
John Nyberg D Oskarshamn (Sweden-2) 35 1 5 6 +3 26
WHL Position Team GP Goals Assists Points +/- PIM
Brett Pollock LW Edmonton 40 16 27 43 +11 36
OHL Position Team GP Goals Assists Points +/- PIM
Aaron Haydon D Niagara 34 1 3 4 +4 30
Chris Martenet D London 36 0 7 7 +26 41
Alex Peters D Flint 26 1 6 7 -1 24
Patrick Sanvido D Windsor 19 1 5 6 +14 12
NCAA Position Team GP Goals Assists Points +/- PIM
Michael Prapavessis D RPI 20 1 9 10 -4 12
Joseph Cecconi D Michigan 17 0 5 5 +8 8
Player Team GP MIN Record GA/SVS GAA SV%
Henri Kiviaho G Leki (Finland-2) 4 210 0-3-1 13/85 3.71 .867
G Ilves(Liiga) 6 301 0-5-0 12/127 2.40 .914
Markus Ruusu G JYP (Jr.) 12 605 2-10-0 48/318 4.75 .869
G JYP-Akatemia (Finland-2) 11 503 2-6-0 34/289 3.27 .895
Brent Moran G Niagara (OHL) 18 1013 9-7-1 51/414 3.02 .890
G Flint (OHL) 7 336 0-4-1 24/197 4.29 .891
G OHL Total 25 1349 9-11-2 75/611 3.34 .891

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 
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