Finland pummels Slovakia to earn spot in world junior quarterfinals


Finland's Santeri Virtanen (22) puts a shot past Slovakia's Samuel Hlavaj (2). (Jonathan Hayward/CP)

VICTORIA — Finland (2-0-0-1) secured a spot in the quarterfinals by dumping winless Slovakia (0-0-0-3) at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre.

Henri Jokiharju, Santeri Virtanen, Ville Heinola, Anton Lundell and Oskari Laaksonen scored for the Finns.

Finland outshot Slovakia 23-18.

The Finns faces the Americans in the Group B round-robin finale for both teams on Monday.

Slovakia faces winless Kazakhstan on Sunday with the loser likely headed to the relegation round.

Later Saturday, Sweden meets the United States in Victoria.

Canada tangles with the Czech Republic in the second game of the Rogers Arena doubleheader.

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