Lukas Dostal makes 20 saves as Czechs blank Denmark


Czech Republic goalie Lukas Dostal makes a save during second period IIHF world junior hockey championship. (Darryl Dyck/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

VANCOUVER — Lukas Dostal made 20 saves and the Czech Republic ended its preliminary round at the world junior hockey championship with a 4-0 win over Denmark on Monday.

Martin Necas had a goal and an assist for the Czechs, who finished the preliminary round in third place in Group A with five points. They will play the second-place team in Group B in the quarterfinals.

Jakub Lauko, Martin Kaut and Filip Kral also scored for the Czechs (1 win, 1 overtime win, two losses).

Mads Soegaard made 30 saves for the Danes, who are headed to the relegation round for a second straight tournament. Denmark failed to score a goal in any of its four preliminary-round games, following an opening 14-0 loss to Canada with 4-0 losses to Russia, Switzerland and the Czechs.

Russia and Canada faced off later Monday to decide the top two spots in Group A.

In Group B action in Victoria, group leader Sweden faced last-place Kazakhstan and the United States faced Finland.

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