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IIHF World Championship Recap – May 23

Tyler Myers scored the winner just over four minutes into the third period to help Canada down Czechia 3-1

May 23, 2023


RIGA, Latvia Canada's National Men's Team wrapped up the preliminary round at the 2023 IIHF World Championship with a win, downing Czechia 3-1 at Arena Riga on Tuesday to finish in second place in Group B.

  • Peyton Krebs (Okotoks, Alta./Buffalo, NHL) opened the scoring on a first-period power play and was named Player of the Game.
  • Tyler Myers (Calgary, Alta./Vancouver, NHL) netted the eventual game-winner just over four minutes into the third period.
  • Lawson Crouse (Mount Brydges, Ont./Arizona, NHL) rounded out the scoring with an empty-net goal.
  • Scott Laughton (Oakville, Ont./Philadelphia, NHL) chipped in with a pair of assists.
  • Sam Montembeault (Bécancour, Que./Montréal, NHL) made 16 saves.
  • Canada outshot Czechia 44-17.

Next Game:

Canada vs. Finland – Thursday, May 25 (1:20 p.m. ET/10:20 a.m. PT – Nokia Arena)

TSN and RDS, the official broadcast partners of Hockey Canada, will broadcast 64 and 24 games, respectively; please check local listings for details.


“The past two games did not go the way we wanted, so we wanted to play a hard game tonight and play well defensively. I am certainly happy about the progression of our team. We were strong on the forecheck and won a lot of battles. We were not as good as we needed to be in the second period, but we came back strong in the third and were able to get a lead early in the period. I am happy about our compete level and the speed we had off the rush.”

-      Head coach André Tourigny (Nicolet, Que./Arizona, NHL) on today’s win

“We really set the tone and established the way we wanted to play in the first period. We got away from that a bit in the second, but we dialed things back in in the third and found a way to put the puck in the net. That has been a bit of a missing ingredient for us in this tournament, but we got a big goal [from Myers]. We need to keep playing the way we did in the first period of today’s game. The quarterfinal is going to be a fun game and it will be pretty electric in front of the Finnish fans, but it is a challenge we are ready for.”

-      Krebs on today’s game and the quarterfinal

“It was good for us to get to this level of play in our last game of the preliminary round. The first and third periods were our best two periods we have played all tournament in my opinion. We did not really like our game in the second, but I am glad we came out in the third and responded the way we did. We need to carry that play and mindset over to Finland.”

“[Finland] plays a really hard game and they are not going to give you much, so we are going to have to work hard for every inch on the ice. It is going to be fun playing against the Finns in Finland because we know the arena is going to be buzzing, and we are excited to get [to Tampere].”

-      Myers on the final preliminary-round game and playing Finland

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For more information:

Esther Madziya
Manager, Communications
Hockey Canada

(403) 284-6484 

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Spencer Sharkey
Manager, Communications
Hockey Canada

(403) 777-4567

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Jeremy Knight
Manager, Corporate Communications
Hockey Canada

(647) 251-9738

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