Finland crushes Slovakia to set up 1st-place showdown 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.

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 quarter-finals.

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

WATCH | Helenius tallies twice in Finland win:

Samuel Helenius scored the final two goals of the game, as Finland remained undefeated at the world junior championship with an easy 6-0 victory over Slovakia. 0:30

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