Faksa, Czechs Fall to USA on Day One of World Juniors

Thursday, 12.26.2013 / 6:26 PM CT / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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Faksa, Czechs Fall to USA on Day One of World Juniors
Dallas Stars prospect Radek Faksa and the Czech Republic got off to a rough start at the World Junior Championship, falling 5-1 to the United States on the opening day of the tournament in Malmo, Sweden.

Dallas Stars prospect Radek Faksa and the Czech Republic got off to a rough start at the World Junior Championship, falling 5-1 to the United States on the opening day of the tournament in Malmo, Sweden.

The United States took advantage of some Czech penalty problems early in the game, scoring two power play goals in the first two minutes to take a 2-0 lead. The USA pushed its lead to 4-0 by the end of the second period.

Faksa, who is an alternate captain for the Czechs, had no points, no shots and an even rating in the game. He won 11 of 18 faceoffs.

In Thursday’s other games, Detroit prospect Anthony Mantha scored three goals to lead Canada to a 7-2 victory over Germany. Russia scored five goals in the first 15 minutes of the game and then cruised to an 11-0 victory over Norway. And Nashville’s Filip Forsberg had one goal and two assists for Sweden, which defeated Switzerland 5-3.

Stars defense prospect Esa Lindell will play his first game of the tournament on Friday when Finland takes on Norway.

Thursday’s scores

Canada 7, Germany 2
Russia 11, Norway 0
USA 5, Czech Republic 1
Sweden 5, Switzerland 3

Friday’s games

Slovakia vs. Germany 8:00 a.m. (NHL Network-US)

Finland vs. Norway 10:30 a.m.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - ANA 78 49 22 7 227 216 105
2 x - NSH 77 47 22 8 220 188 102
3 STL 75 46 22 7 228 186 99
4 CHI 75 45 24 6 213 175 96
5 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
6 VAN 75 43 27 5 215 203 91
7 WPG 76 39 25 12 215 201 90
8 CGY 76 41 28 7 224 201 89
9 LAK 75 37 24 14 200 188 88
10 DAL 76 37 29 10 236 243 84
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12 COL 75 35 28 12 205 209 82
13 EDM 75 22 40 13 181 254 57
14 ARI 76 23 45 8 160 252 54

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J. Benn 76 28 44 -4 72
T. Seguin 66 34 35 -1 69
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C. Eakin 72 17 19 -2 36
T. Daley 62 16 19 -9 35
A. Goligoski 76 4 31 0 35
A. Hemsky 70 11 21 -6 32
S. Horcoff 72 11 17 8 28
V. Fiddler 74 12 14 -6 26
 
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K. Lehtonen 34 15 10 .907 2.84
J. Enroth 14 26 2 .900 3.28
 
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