Faksa, Lindell to Square Off in Quarterfinals at World Juniors
Lindell and Finland lost, 4-3, in a shootout to Switzerland on Tuesday, but the point in the game secured Finland second place in Group B with a 2-1-1 record.
Lindell had one assist, three shots on goal and a minus-one rating. He was among the shooters for Finland in the shootout, but missed the net on his attempt. The 19-year-old defenseman has three points (one goal, two assists) in four preliminary round games.
Faksa and the Czech Republic defeated Slovakia, 4-1, Tuesday to finish third in Group A with a 2-2 record. Faksa had no points, one shot and an even rating in the game. He won 12 of 17 faceoffs. The 19-year-old center had no points in four preliminary round games.
In Tuesday’s other games, Canada defeated the United States, 3-2, to win Group A. Connor McDavid and Curtis Lazar scored goals 2:19 apart early in the third period to turn a 1-1 game into a 3-1 lead for Canada, which held on for the victory. The Canadians will play Switzerland in the quarterfinal s. Sweden defeated Russia, 3-2, to win Group B and will play Slovakia in Thursday’s quarterfinals. The United States and Russia will meet in the other quarterfinals matchup.
Czech Republic 4, Slovakia 1
Sweden 3, Russia 2
Canada 3, USA 2
Switzerland 4, Finland 3 (SO)
Thursday’s playoff games
United States vs. Russia, 5 a.m. (NHL Network-US)
Finland vs. Czech Republic, 7:30 a.m. (NHL Network-US)
Canada vs. Switzerland, 10 a.m. (NHL Network-US)
Sweden vs, Slovakia, 12:30 p.m. (NHL Network-US)