U18: Czechia 6, Canada 5 (OT)
LANDSHUT, Germany — Jiri Kulich scored his second goal of the game in overtime to complete a four-point night as Czechia came back to defeat Canada 6-5 at the world men's under-18 hockey championship.
Kulich also scored the tying goal with 2:34 remaining in regulation and added two assists as Czechia moved past Canada to finish the preliminary round in second place in Group A with five points (one regulation win, one overtime win and one regulation loss).
Canada finished third in the group with four points (one regulation win, one overtime loss and one regulation loss) and will face Finland in the quarterfinals.
The Canadians were badly outshot 52-24 in the game but held a 5-4 lead when Canada's Kocha Delic scored with just under 11 minutes to go in regulation. But the Czechs kept the pressure on the Canadians, and it paid off when Hamara scored late in the game to send it to overtime, then won it with a goal on a power play.
“We need to play a full 60 minutes," Canada assistant coach Kori Cheverie said. "Our goalie (Reid Dyck) gave us a chance to win tonight, but special teams were the difference. Discipline is also going to be key for us moving forward."
Adam Fantilli and Lukas Dragicevic each had a goal and an assist for Canada. Nicholas Moldenhauer, who opened the scoring 1:55 into the game, and Grayden Siepmann also scored, while a busy Dyck made 46 saves on 52 shots.
The quarterfinals will be played Thursday. The United States will face Latvia, the Czechs will take on Switzerland and Sweden will meet Germany in the other games.
Canada, the defending champion, opened the 2022 tournament with an 8-3 loss to the United States before rebounding with an 8-3 win over host Germany.
The 2022 edition of the event was reduced from 10 to eight teams after Russia and Belarus were barred from participating due to the ongoing war in Ukraine.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 26, 2022.