Canada wins gold metal against Czech Republic at World Juniors
Dylan Guenther scored his second goal of the game at 6:22 of overtime to give Canada a 3-2 victory over the Czech Republic on Thursday night for its record-extending 20th world junior hockey title.
The 19-year-old Arizona Coyotes forward took a pass from Joshua Roy on a 2-on-1 and beat goalie Tomas Suchanek in the 3-on-3 extra period after Canada blew a 2-0 lead in the third period.
Shane Wright, on his 19th birthday, also scored for Canada, and Thomas Milic made 24 saves. Connor Bedard was selected the tournament MVP.
“Greatest feeling in the world,” Wright said as he clutched the trophy. “Can’t be more proud of those guys, couldn’t be more proud of that group. Hasn’t even sunk in yet.”
Guenther and Wright were both on Canada’s team at 2022 world juniors postponed last year because of COVID-19 and didn’t take part in the reimagined August event.
“Greatest feeling in the world,” Wright said as he clutched the trophy. “Can’t be more proud of those guys, couldn’t be more proud of that group.
Canada is the first team to repeat since the country won five straight gold medals between 2005 and 2009 after tournament MVP Connor Bedard and seven other returnees also topped that pandemic-delayed summer showcase in Edmonton.
“Just their resiliency,” Canadian head coach Dennis Williams said of what he’ll remember about his group. “There was a lot of pressure put on them from the get-go. It would have been easy just to pack it in, especially after that first game.
“I love how they came to the rink every day hungry wanting more.”
The Czech Republic finished fourth in the summer and earned its first medal since 2005. The United States picked up a wild 8-7 overtime victory against Sweden to take bronze.
Part of the article was reported by the Canadian Press.