2019-20 National Junior Team

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2020 IIHF World Junior Championship
Game #31
Gold
Final (OT)
January 5, 2020 1:00 pm EST
Ostravar Arena
Ostrava, CZE

Scoring

Teams
1st
2nd
3rd
OT
F
Teams
1
2
3
OT
F
0
2
1
0
3
0
1
3
0
4

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
OT
Final
1
2
3
OT
F
10
14
14
0
38
7
16
7
0
30

Statistics

PP
PIM
1 / 6
16
2 / 8
12

Game Story

CANADA COMES BACK TO BEAT RUSSIA, WIN WJC GOLD

JASON LA ROSE

OSTRAVA, Czech Republic – Akil Thomas (Toronto, Ont./Niagara, OHL) etched his place his Canadian hockey history, scoring the game-winning goal with 3:58 left to give Canada’s National Junior Team a come-from-behind 4-3 win over Russia and the gold medal Sunday at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship.

It is the 18th gold for Canada, the third in the last six years and the first on European ice since 2008.

After Canada had erased a two-goal deficit with goals from Connor McMichael (Ajax, Ont./London, OHL) and Barrett Hayton (Peterborough, Ont./Arizona, NHL) just 2:01 apart, Thomas chipped past a Russian defender, chased down the loose puck and beat goaltender Amir Miftakhov on the backhand to ignite the pro-Canadian crowd at Ostravar Arena.

The goal was the first of the tournament for Thomas, who had just four minutes of ice time in the first two periods.

McMichael finished with a goal and an assist, Calen Addison (Brandon, Man./Lethbridge, WHL) had three helpers and Alexis Lafrenière (Saint-Eustache, Que./Rimouski, QMJHL) added two assists for the Canadians.

Joel Hofer (Winnipeg, Man./Portland, WHL) made 35 saves to cap a spectacular tournament; he finished with tournament-leading marks in wins (five), goals-against average (1.60) and save percentage (.939), and was named Top Goaltender and to the Media All-Star Team.

He came up big in a scoreless first period, turning aside all 10 shots he faced – six of them on four Russian power plays – while the Canadians directed seven towards Miftakhov.

Russia finally broke through with the man advantage midway through the second period when Nikita Alexandrov tipped a Yegor Zamula shot through Hofer, but Canada tied it on a five-on-three less than two minutes later.

Joe Veleno (Kirkland, Que./Grand Rapids, AHL) dug out the rebound of a Lafrenière shot, and Dylan Cozens (Whitehorse, Y.T./Lethbridge, WHL) corralled the loose puck and got the Canadians even.

Grigori Denisenko restored the Russian lead before the end of the middle frame, jamming his own rebound underneath the pad of Hofer to make it a 2-1 game after 40 minutes.

It was a two-goal advantage when Maxim Sorkin went over the far-side shoulder of Hofer at 8:46 of the third period, but the Canadians were far from done.

McMichael cut the deficit back to one when an Addison shot bounced off his shin pad and eluded Miftakhov 34 seconds after the Sorkin goal, and Hayton – who was questionable for the game with an upper-body injury – rifled a power-play goal upstairs on the Russian netminder two minutes after that.

That set up the Thomas heroics, and a wild finish that included included a late Russian power play and Hofer making an attempt at scoring the insurance goal himself into an empty net.

Following the game, Lafrenière was named Most Valuable Player and Top Forward after posting 10 points (4-6—10) in five games. He and Hofer joined Hayton, who led Canada in scoring (6-6—12) on the Media All-Star Team.

The IIHF World Junior Championship returns to Canadian ice next year when Edmonton and Red Deer, Alta., host the 2021 World Juniors. Fans have until 11:59 p.m. MT on Jan. 5 to sign up for the Priority Draw for their chance to purchase tickets in both cities. Visit HockeyCanada.ca/Tickets for more information.

Play by Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Jared McIsaac
Tripping (2:00)
04:05
PENALTY
Penalty: Nikita Alexandrov
Slashing (2:00)
10:43
PENALTY
Penalty: Joe Veleno
Interference (2:00)
12:16
PENALTY
Penalty: Ty Smith
Holding (2:00)
15:04
PENALTY
Penalty: Kevin Bahl
Slashing (2:00)
17:09
2nd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Danil Pylenkov
Closing Hand on Puck (2:00)
00:35
PENALTY
Penalty: Barrett Hayton
Holding the Stick (2:00)
07:55
GOAL (POWER PLAY)
Goal: Yegor Zamula

Assists: Grigori Denisenko
09:37
PENALTY
Penalty: Dmitri Voronkov
Holding (2:00)
10:39
PENALTY
Penalty: Danil Zhuravlyov
Slashing (2:00)
10:39
GOAL (POWER PLAY)
Goal: Dylan Cozens

Assists: Joe Veleno, Alexis Lafreniere
11:01
GOAL
Goal: Grigori Denisenko

Assists: Alexander Romanov, Yegor Sokolov
14:46
PENALTY
Penalty: Yegor Zamula
Roughing (2:00)
20:00
3rd Period
GOAL
Goal: Maxim Sorkin

Assists: Ilya Kruglov
08:46
GOAL
Goal: Connor McMichael

Assists: Calen Addison, Bowen Byram
09:20
PENALTY
Penalty: Dmitri Voronkov
Cross-Checking (2:00)
11:11
GOAL (POWER PLAY)
Goal: Barrett Hayton

Assists: Calen Addison, Alexis Lafreniere
11:21
GOAL
Goal: Akil Thomas

16:02
PENALTY
Penalty: Kevin Bahl
Hooking (2:00)
17:19
PENALTY
Penalty: Pavel Dorofeyev
Interference (2:00)
18:34
GOALTENDER CHANGE
Goaltender Change: Amir Miftakhov

18:34
PENALTY
Penalty: Grigori Denisenko
Illegal Stick (2:00)
19:22
GOALTENDER CHANGE
Goaltender Change: Amir Miftakhov

19:22

Goaltender Leaders

Name Team Mins Shots Saves GA SV%
Amir Miftakhov RUS 58 30 26 4 0.867
Joel Hofer CAN 60 38 35 3 0.921

Game Leaders

Goals 1 - Assists 1 - Points 2
G 1 - A 1 - PTS 2
Goals 0 - Assists 2 - Points 2
G 0 - A 2 - PTS 2
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - PTS 1
Goals 0 - Assists 2 - Points 2
G 0 - A 2 - PTS 2
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - PTS 1
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - PTS 1

Previous Games

3 - 4 L @ CanadaCAN
Jan 5, 2020
4 - 3 W v RussiaRUS
Jan 5, 2020
5 - 4 W @ SwedenSWE
Jan 4, 2020
5 - 0 W v FinlandFIN
Jan 4, 2020
3 - 1 W @ SwitzerlandSUI
Jan 2, 2020
6 - 1 W v SlovakiaSVK
Jan 2, 2020
Videos
Photos
2020 WJC: CAN 4 – RUS 3 (Gold Medal)
Thomas got the GWG with 3:58 left and Canada came back to win gold.
2020 WJC: CAN 5 – FIN 0 (Semifinal)
Hofer posted a 32-save shutout, backstopping Canada to the final.
2020 WJC: CAN 6 – SVK 1 (Quarter-final)
Hayton had two goals and an assist to lead Canada into the semis.
2020 U18WWC: USA 2 – CAN 1 OT (Gold)
Sarah Paul scored but Canada fell to the United States in overtime.
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