Canada’s Connor McMichael scores Canada’s fourth goal of the game as Czech Republic’s Martin Has (7) goaltender Lukas Parik and Tomas Dajcar (9) look on during the first period at the World Junior Hockey Championships on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019 in Ostrava, Czech Republic. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press via AP)

OSTRAVA, CZECH REPUBLIC (AP) – Canada sent the host Czech Republic on Tuesday 7-2 on Tuesday to complete the preliminary round of the World Junior Hockey Championship and take first place in its group.

Joe Veleno, Nolan Foot, Captain Barrett Hayton, Connor McMichael, Liam Foody, Dylan Cozens and Jared Makisaak all scored when Canada led Group B with nine points.

Canada faces Slovakia, which finished fourth in Group A in the quarter finals.

Hayton and Cozens added three assists, and goalkeeper Joel Hofer made 17 saves.

Vojtech Strondala and Libor Zabransky reduced Canada’s lead to 4-2 in the middle of the middle period, scoring their goals with an interval of 14 seconds, but Foody answered for Canada after only 10 seconds to increase the advantage to 5-2.

The United States finished second in Group B, losing to Canada, and then Finland, the third team in Group A. This is the rematch of last year in which Finland won with a score of 3: 2.

The Finns were upset by 5-2 Swiss on Tuesday. Fabian Berry scored two goals for the Swiss, while Gaetan Jobin, Simon Knack and Valentine Nussbaumer also scored one goal each, and goalkeeper Stefan Charlin stopped 36 shots.

Anthony Honka and Jonas Oden scored for Finland.

All four quarter finals are scheduled for Thursday.

Earlier on Tuesday, Russia finished quarterfinal with a score of 6: 1 over Germany, finishing third in Group B with six points.

Kirill Marchenko scored twice and added three assists, while Pavel Dorofeev had two goals for the Russians who have played in Switzerland in the last eight.

Sweden won group A, beating Slovakia 6-2. Alexander Holtz scored two for the Swedes, who play Czechs in quarters.

Germany, the last in group B, will play the best of three series of demotion against Kazakhstan, the lower team in group A.

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