Finland's Juuso Parssinen (27) is shoved into Slovakia's goalie Samuel Hlavaj (29) by Oliver Turan (23) during second period IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship action in Edmonton on Wednesday, December 30, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Unbeaten Finland shuts out Slovakia, setting up first-place battle with Canada

Unbeaten Finland shuts out Slovakia, setting up first-place battle with Canada

EDMONTON — Germany withstood a late barrage to beat Switzerland 4-3 at the world junior hockey championship in Edmonton on Wednesday.

The win improved Germany’s record to 1-1-0-2 (wins, overtime wins, overtime losses, losses) in preliminary round play and secured its spot in Saturday’s quarterfinals.

Buffalo Sabres prospect John-Jason Peterka opened the scoring 4:38 in, added a second goal before the end of the first period, and completed his hat trick with an empty-net strike late in the third.

Tim Stutzle, picked third overall by the Ottawa Senators at this year’s NHL draft, had two goals and three assists for the Germans.

Germany was up 5-2 with less than three minutes on the clock, but Switzerland (0-0-0-4) refused to go quietly, with Noah Meier and Simon Knak adding goals in the final minutes.

Noah Delemont and Ronny Daehler also scored for the Swiss.

Germany’s Florian Bugl stopped 31-of-35 shots, and Thibault Fatton made 20 saves for Switzerland.

Russia was slated to meet Sweden later on Wednesday.

FINLAND 6, SLOVAKIA 0

Finland improved to 3-0 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.

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

Finland outshot Slovakia 50-12.

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.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 30, 2020.

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