Stars prospect Radek Faksa and the Czech Republic pulled off the first surprise of the 2014 World Junior Championship, knocking off Canada, 5-4, in a shootout during preliminary round play on Saturday.
Canada overcame 1-0, 2-1, 3-2 and 4-3 deficits to get the game to overtime, but the Czechs won the shootout by a 2-1 margin. It was Czech Republic’s first win over Canada at the World Juniors since 1993.
Faksa, who played a strong game, had no points but he did help set up the second goal of the game for the Czechs by preventing Canada from clearing the puck out of the zone. He had two shots on goal, a roughing minor and an even rating in the game. He won four of 14 faceoffs. He also took a stick to the mouth during the game. The Czechs play Germany on Monday.
Stars defense prospect Esa Lindell scored a goal in Finland’s 4-2 loss to Sweden. Lindell scored on a slap shot from the point 41 seconds into the game to give the Finns a 1-0 lead, but Sweden scored three unanswered goals to build a 3-1 lead. Lindell finished the game with a team-high four shots on goal and an even rating. Finland takes on Russia Monday.
In Saturday’s other games, six different players scored as the United States improved to 2-0-0 with a 6-3 win over Slovakia. Russia defeated Switzerland 7-1 to improve to 2-0-0.
USA 6, Slovakia 3
Sweden 4, Finland 2
Czech Republic 5, Canada 4 (SO)
Russia 7, Switzerland 1
Germany vs. United States, 8 a.m. (NHL Network-US)
Norway vs. Sweden, 10:30 a.m.
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