World Jr. Notes: Brett Ritchie, Emil Molin, Radek Faksa head to playoff round

The preliminary round ended at the World Junior Championship on Monday and the playoff seeding is now set.

Canada and Sweden earned automatic spots in the semifinals. Team USA, which clinched a playoff spot with a 9-3 rout of Finland, will take on the Czech Republic in one quarterfinal game on Wednesday. The other quarterfinal matchup will pit Russia against Switzerland.

All three Dallas prospects in the tournament are still in the hunt for a medal.

LW Emil Molin scored a power play goal as Sweden defeated Finland, 7-4, to secure the top spot in Group A and an automatic bid to the semifinals. Sweden will play in the winner of Russia-Switzerland in the semifinals.

Molin’s goal with 1:22 remaining in the third period put the Swedes up 6-4 over the Finns, who failed to qualify for the playoff round. Molin skated into the offensive zone and roofed a wrist shot from the right circle.

Molin has five points (two goals, three assists) in four games, and is tied for the team lead. The five points are tied for sixth in the tournament.

RW Brett Ritchie had no points and two shots on goal in Canada’s 4-1 victory over Russia on Monday. Canada won Group B and earned an automatic spot in the semifinals. Canada will play the winner of Czech Republic-USA in the semifinals.

Ritchie played on Canada’s third line with Phillip Danault and Boone Jenner. Ritchie had three assists and a plus-four rating in four tournament games.

C Radek Faksa picked up an assist in Czech Republic’s 4-3 overtime win over Switzerland on Monday. The win clinched a spot in the quarterfinals for the Czechs. Faksa had two shots on goal, a plus-one rating and won 10 of 16 faceoffs in the game.

Faksa has two assists, a plus-one rating and has won 34 of 62 draws (54.8 percent) in four games.

Monday’s results

Czech Republic 4, Switzerland 3 (OT) (recap)
USA 9, Slovakia 3 (recap)
Sweden 7, Finland 4 (recap)
Canada 4, Russia 1 (recap)

Wednesday’s quarterfinals

Czech Republic vs. USA, 3:00 a.m. (NHL Network)
Russia vs. Switzerland, 7:00 a.m. (NHL Network)

World Junior Championship Statistics

Statistics for Dallas Stars prospects at the 2013 World Junior Championship

Player Pos Team GP G A PTS +/- PIM SOG
Brett Ritchie  RW Canada  4  0  3  3  +4  2  8
Radek Faksa  C Czech Republic  4  0  2  2  +1  0  6
Emil Molin  LW Sweden  4  2  3  5  0  0  9

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