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World Juniors Update

by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

Finland remained winless at the World Junior Championship, falling 4-1 to Canada in Montreal Monday night.

Stars prospect Julius Honka, who skated on Finland’s top defensive pair, had no points, one shot and a minus-one rating in the game. He was banged up late in the contest when he was hit in the knee with a puck. His status for Finland’s next game is not known.

Dallas defense prospect Aleksi Makela skated on Finland’s second defensive pair against Canada. He had one shot on goal and was a plus-one.

Sam Reinhart scored a pair of goals for Canada, which improved to 3-0 and will wrap up preliminary round play against the USA on Wednesday.

Finland faces a must-win game Wednesday against Germany if it wants to advance to the playoff round of the tournament.

Stars prospect Matej Paulovic and Slovakia fell to Team USA, 3-0, Monday afternoon in Montreal. Sonny Milano, Dylan Larkin and John Hayden scored goals for the USA. Thatcher Demko stopped 17 shots for his first shutout at the tournament.

Paulovic centered Slovakia’s top line. He had no points, a minus-one rating and won six of 13 faceoffs.

Slovakia wraps up preliminary play against Germany Tuesday night.

Monday’s games

Czech Republic 4, Denmark 3
USA 3, Slovakia 0
Sweden 3, Russia 2
Canada 4, Finland 1

Tuesday’s games

Switzerland vs. Denmark, 4: 00 p.m.
Slovakia vs. Germany, 7:00 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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