Finland shuts out Slovakia at world juniors, setting up first place battle with Canada

Finland improved to 3-0 at the world junior hockey championship with a 6-0 win over Slovakia on Wednesday at Rogers Place.

The win sets up a showdown with Canada (3-0) for first place in Group A on New Year’s Eve.

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Samuel Helenius scored two goals for Finland, while Santeri Hatakka, Kasper Simontaival, Topi Niemela and Anton Lundell added singles.

Finland outshot Slovakia 50-12.

Finland’s Roni Hirvonen (22) is stopped by Slovakia’s goalie Samuel Hlavaj (29) as Andrej Golian (24) defends during second period IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship action in Edmonton on Wednesday, December 30, 2020.
Finland’s Roni Hirvonen (22) is stopped by Slovakia’s goalie Samuel Hlavaj (29) as Andrej Golian (24) defends during second period IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship action in Edmonton on Wednesday, December 30, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Slovakia finished the preliminary round with one regulation win, one overtime loss and two regulation losses. The team has secured a spot in the quarterfinals.

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Switzerland was scheduled to face Germany and Russia was slated to meet Sweden later on Wednesday.

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